Stand to be renamed in Honour of Duke and Duchess

14 September 2012

A stand is to be renamed at Ayr Racecourse on Friday in honour of the visit to the track by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.

The royal couple are guests of honour at the William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Race Day (Ladies Day) when they will unveil a plaque renaming the Paddock Stand the Rothesay Stand.

The race day, the middle afternoon of the three day William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival, will raise funds for Dumfries House, the stately home and estate on the outskirts of Cumnock saved for the nation by the Duke.

Each of the seven races that afternoon will be individually sponsored by major companies with all monies from this sponsorship going to the charity set up to run the various heritage led regeneration projects attached to Dumfries House.

During the day's racing the Duke and Duchess will also be invited to present the trophy for William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Ayrshire Handicap Stakes, the feature race of the afternoon.

Each of the race sponsor's contribution to the day will go towards work in education and community facilities at Dumfries House. Each donor will also become a Friend of Dumfries House, and receive regular updates to show how the money is benefiting the project and making a lasting difference to the local community.

In addition to William Hill, the other companies supporting the event are Huntswood, City Facilities Management, The Shadwell Stud, Stena Line and the Dunne Group.

Alan Macdonald, Chairman of Ayr Racecourse commented : "It is a great honour to have the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay attending a meeting at Ayr Racecourse.

"We are delighted to play a part in helping raise funds to support the various projects at Dumfries House."

* In 2007 HRH Prince Charles (his official title in Scotland is the Duke of Rothesay) , headed a consortium of charities and heritage bodies to purchase Dumfries House, its contents and adjoining land, in order to keep it intact and accessible to the public.

Initiatives such as craft skills workshops, a Youth United bunkhouse and associated activity courses, a walled garden and education gardens, a cook school and Prince's Trust 'Get into' programmes have been introduced and will grow over the coming years.