Race-goers in Doncaster could not help falling in love with reggae superstars UB40.
The group, who had a massive number one hit in 1993 with (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, won over fans as they performed at Doncaster Racecourse.
They are the latest act to play the Town Moor venue’s Music Live! events, in which a music act takes to the stage following a day’s horse racing.
And the band did not disappoint, performing a mixture of favourites from the past and some material from their latest album. Delighted fans told the Free Press how much they enjoyed the show. Robin Burns, a 45-year-old fan at the show, said: “What I love about these events is to see Race goers mixing with music fans singing and dancing to classic tunes. Let’s not forget that Saturday was a major fixture in the racing season and credit where it’s due to a well organised day’s events to the Racecourse themselves.”
Dad Andrew Houghton, went to the show in his home time with his family. He said: “We had been looking forward to Doncaster, since it was announced UB40 were going to perform in my home town months ago.” “The end came all too soon for me, a fantastic day topped off by UB40, I would like to say well done to Doncaster race course, UB40, First and the people of Doncaster old and young were singing and dancing without any major upset.”
Paula Peters said: “UB40 were on top form, interacting with the crowd, the set list, from the old songs to a couple of the new ones.”
Former Northcliffe School pupil Tim Sapey added: “UB40 were fantastic,had the crowd singing and dancing from start to finish. We even met a few members of the band. We’ll remember it for many years to come,”
Fan Marg Skitt added: From the moment Jimmy came on stage and started drumming until the moment they finally went off the crowd loved it. The whole place exploded especially during Kingston Town, Red Red Wine and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.”
Kieran Gallagher, racecourse executive director said the band’s show topped off a fantastic Derby Day fixture in which more than 16,000 guests enjoyed racing action and off-the-track entertainment.
He said: “The reggae legends put on a real show and had crowds singing and dancing along to classics like Red Red Wine and Kingston Town, as well as new tracks from their recently-released album. “