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Racegoers Glam up for Grand National Ladies Day for the First Time Since 2019

People were pictured smiling, laughing, dancing and drinking throughout the day and night (Pictures: Splash News and Pictures)

For the first time in three years, Brits were able to dress up, socialise and enjoy the Grand National Festival’s Ladies Day.

The coronavirus pandemic ruined many things and the country’s annual horseracing event was one of them.

Every year, women get to enjoy Ladies Day by glamming up and competing for the £5,000 best-dressed award. Oh, and drink.

But the last time anyone was able to do this was in 2019, before the world had even heard of coronavirus.

During lockdowns and other restrictions, planners tried to make up for people not being allowed to go by holding online events.

The sun was shining as Ladies Day kicked off for the first time since 2019 (Picture: Reuters)

The event is famous for its style (Picture: SplashNews.com)

Donna Mulligan (centre) won the covered Best Style Awards prize (Picture: PA)

Lots of people were seen enjoying a drink…or two (Picture: Splash)

But this, like pretty much every other online substitute, had nothing on the real thing.

Festival-goers, many of which attend the Grand National as a tradition every year, were finally able to celebrate at the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool.

Gill Carpenter, 55, said she had been waiting two years to wear her outfit, a hot pink dress with orange accessories, complete with a striking hat she made herself.

She said: ‘I’m actually quite emotional. This is my favourite meeting of the year.

‘I love it, I love the atmosphere, I love the style, so I have found myself quite choked to actually be here.’

Some bore the consequences of wearing heels a little early in the day (Picture: Splash)

Many women matched their dresses and accessories with headpieces (Picture: Getty)

Many people attended the races as a tradition every year (Picture: Splash)

The event made a comeback on Friday after being cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020 (Picture: SWNS)

The Drinks Are Flowing On Ladies Day Of The Grand National Festival 2022 (Picture: Splash)

Ms Carpenter, from Lydiate, Merseyside, said she had been to Ladies Day every year since she was a teenager.

She said: ‘I think people are just so happy to be back, to be out, to see the style and to see people in person again.’

Bright photographs show women in gorgeous dresses and dramatic headpieces as they walked the pink carpet for photographs.

Almost all of them braved heels but some were pictured succumbing to the pain and resorting to going barefoot.

Donna Mulligan won £5,000 for being the best-dressed (Picture: Backgrid)

Ms Mulligan was awarded her cheque by Coronation Street star Helen Flanaghan (Picture: PA)

Of course, men also attended Ladies Day (Picture: PA)

People were seen laughing all day long (Picture: Backgrid)

The weather finally brightened up for the second day of the three-day festival (Picture: SplashNews.com)

Jaw-dropping outfits and flamboyant headwear were the order of the day (Picture: Splash)

People were seen laughing, dancing and drinking – with some forgetting that wine bottles are usually meant to be shared.

Indeed, race fans are estimated to drink 300,000 beers and 8,000 bottles of champagne over the upcoming weekend.

Meanwhile, boutiques reported they expected a 600% increase in fake tanning lotion sales ahead of Ladies Day.

Donna Mulligan won best-dressed and was awarded her cheque by Coronation Street star Helen Flanaghan.

For the first time in three years, Brits were able to dress up, socialise and enjoy Ladies Day (Picture: PA)

The event has returned for the first time since the pandemic (Picture: SplashNews.com)

An audience of 600 million people, across 140 countries, is expected to watch Saturday’s showpiece steeplechase race (Picture: PA)

Revellers dolled up in glamorous dresses and head pieces (Picture: SplashNews.com)

She wore a long, red dress with a slit down the side and a matching feathered headpiece.

Men who went to the event wore suits and ties while groups of women coordinated their outfits to match.

An audience of 600 million people, across 140 countries, is expected to watch Saturday’s showpiece steeplechase race.

Bookmakers are headed for an intense weekend, as the Grand National, The Masters and Manchester City v Liverpool all happening simultaneously.

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Original Post: metro.co.uk

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