A prestigious event in Sheffield has been given the royal seal of approval.
The Queen has given her blessing for Owlerton Greyhound Stadium to hold an event in her late mother’s name on Mothering Sunday, March 30 - making it the only place in the city, and the greyhound industry as a whole, to be given such an honour.
The stadium wrote to Buckingham Palace to ask permission to hold the Queen Mother Memorial Cup, which has attracted sell-out crowds for the last ten years.
The Palace prompt gave the go-ahead for the annual memorial cup to be held again at the stadium.
John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “To hold an event in a Royal name you must seek permission from the Palace first, otherwise the event can be stopped all together.
“We have been holding the Queen Mother Cup at the stadium every Mother’s Day for more than ten years, and when the Queen Mother passed away we then began staging it in her honour as the Memorial Cup.
“The event has now become one of the most prestigious open races in the racing calendar and greyhounds from all over the country will be competing.”
The letter from Buckingham Palace said: “I hope that once again this event will prove to be an enjoyable and successful occasion.”
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