Royal race meeting set to return to Sheffield

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The only UK greyhound race with the Royal seal of approval is returning to Sheffield on Mother’s Day.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium will host the prestigious Queen Mother Memorial Cup on Sunday March 6.

The popular annual race, which attracts the country’s top greyhounds and trainers, started out as the Queen Mother Cup in 1998. After the Queen Mother’s passing, the stadium began staging it in her honour and the first Queen Mother Memorial Cup was held in 2003.

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Stadium, said: “To host the event in the Queen Mother’s name, we write to Buckingham Palace to formally ask for Her Majesty’s permission.

“It is humbling to receive a personal response from the Queen giving her blessing for the event to take place and we’re incredibly proud to be the only stadium in the country to be awarded such an honour.”

To celebrate the special occasion, admission to the stadium is free and Owlerton has put on a range of Mother’s Day packages.

For £20 per person, spectators can enjoy a three-course lunch in the acclaimed Panorama Restaurant, which overlooks the track, or a hot and cold buffet or three-course meal in an executive box.

Owlerton’s £10 trackside 6 Pack deal includes a race card, a chicken in a basket meal, two bets and a drink.

Limited places are still available. For more information and to book seats, visit www.owlertonstadium.co.uk or call 0114 2343074.