Point-to-pointing’s annual Awards Dinner will celebrate its 50th birthday at a venue regarded by many as its spiritual home.
The Belfry Hotel & Resort near Birmingham – fondly known simply as ‘The Belfry’ – played host to the sport’s National Awards Dinner for two decades from the mid-1970s. It has now been chosen as the venue for the 2017 celebration of point-to-pointing in Britain, which will take place on Saturday, November 11.
Centrally located, the Midlands venue offers easy access to followers of the sport from around the country, and has been chosen following feedback received from a public survey conducted at the start of the year.
ITV Racing’s Luke Harvey will again host the occasion, which commences with The Fuller’s Brewery Champagne reception, followed by the awards ceremony and a three-course dinner. Formal proceedings will give way to a celebration party until 2am, at which time guests can head to The Belfry’s nightclub until the early hours.
Long-standing sponsors Fullers Brewery, Connolly’s RED MILLS, Foran Equine Products, The Jockey Club and The Point-to-Point Racing Company are once again backing the event, although there are further sponsorship opportunities – contact the PPA for information.
Sheree Moutter, Special Events Sales Executive, said: “The Belfry Hotel and Resort is honoured to once again be hosting the National Point-to-Point Dinner. We’re sure the awards evening will be a great success and look forward to working with the point-to-point community again.”
Clare Hazell, Chief Executive of the PPA added: “We are looking forward to what promises to be another wonderful evening. The impressive venue is ideally placed and will ensure people from across the sport can come together to celebrate the achievements of another successful season.”
The first National Dinner & Awards Ceremony was held in 1967 in London. The initial winners of the The Daily Telegraph and Sporting Life Cups, given to the leading male and female riders – and now sponsored by Fuller’s Brewery – were David Tatlow (24 wins) and Pat Hinch (11 wins).
Further information: Becci Thompson, Point-to-Point Authority Commercial & Communication Executive