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GALLERY: Take a look back at Fakenham Racecourse in the 1990s

PUBLISHED: 11:45 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:55 26 April 2019

Fakenham Races, 8th April 1996. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham Races, 8th April 1996. Picture: Archant Library

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Fakenham Racecourse has long been a popular and cherished Norfolk location.

Fakenham Races, 18th May 1997. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 18th May 1997. Picture: Archant Library

And these archive pictures taken more than 20 years ago, between 1993 and 1997, show exactly that.

They offer a glimpse into racing during the decade and show packed, bustling stands full of intrigued racegoers eagerly watching on, as well as some of the competitive racing action which is still on show at the Racecourse today.

The Racecourse has a lengthy history, with its first ever meeting taking place in 1905 and in 1926, there was the introduction of a hurdle race.

In 1953, the original Grandstand was built with enlargements to the paddock and the paddock and parade ring were moved.

Fakenham Races, 8th April 1996. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 8th April 1996. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham Racecourse also has strong royal links. Her Majesty the Queen was Patron for almost 50 years before handing over to The Prince of Wales on January 1, 2000.

The £1 million Members' Stand was suitably named The Prince of Wales Stand and was officially opened by His Royal Highness in 2002.

Fakenham Races, 18th February 1994. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 18th February 1994. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham Races, 20th October 1995. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 20th October 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham Races, 11th December 1997. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 11th December 1997. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham Races, 20th October 1995. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 20th October 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham Races, 12th April 1993. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 12th April 1993. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham Races, 11th December 1997. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 11th December 1997. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham Races, 18th May 1997. Picture: Archant LibraryFakenham Races, 18th May 1997. Picture: Archant Library

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