Booze flows at Aintree as women glam up for Grand National Ladies Day

The Grand National horse racing festival is in full swing with crowds allowed back inside Aintree Racecourse for the first time since 2019.

And that can mean only one thing – famous Ladies Day with women glamming up for the occasion.

The Aintree spectacular is one of the north west's most popular days of the year, with punters arriving from all over the country, and the world, to take in the elite action.

And by elite action, we don't necessarily mean what's going on on the racecourse.

As the alcohol flows, and the dresses get shorter and shorter, the day has become synonymous for being somewhat of a focal point for ladette behaviour – although it all appears to be done with an undertone of fun.

Last year's event saw woman donning their outfits at home and using the social media hashtag #AgrandDayIn, as no crowds could attend due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the famous race course's gates to remain closed for the three-day festival in 2020, which was the first time since the end of the Second World War.

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However, the 174th annual event has already seen short dresses donned, posh suits worn by the men, and pints downed quicker than a thoroughbred over a furlong.

Less alcohol could be consumed this year, however, after The Liverpool ECHO released a list of drink prices for bars at the Grand National Festival – and it didn't make for pretty reading.

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Guinness and Aspall Cider will set thirsty fans back £7 apiece, while those who fancy a pint of Madri, Atlantic Pale Ale or Rekorderlig are looking at an eye-watering £7.20 for a beer each time they pop to the bar.

According to the British Beer and Pub Association, the average cost of a pint in the UK is £4.07, meaning Grand National punters are being asked to shell out almost double for a beer.

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At those prices, punters might need to back a few winners if they want to have a good time on Merseyside.

The dress code has often been a talking point of the big day.

But according to the Jockey Club, which runs the site, there actually is no official dress code.

According to its website: “Although there is no official dress code, smart is preferable and is often adopted.

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“Aintree is a spectacle of colour throughout the year, with many using their trip to the racecourse as an opportunity to showcase their favourite race day outfits.

“Hats are optional too, but are frequently worn.

“Sports clothes and fancy dress are not permitted for The Randox Grand National Festival.

“We encourage smart dress in all enclosures so feel free to dress up and enjoy the occasion.

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“Fancy dress is permitted as long as the outfit is not offensive, and at our discretion we reserve the right to decline entry should the need arise.

“Fancy dress is not permitted in Hospitality or restaurant facilities.”

While many associate Ladies Day with drunken chaos, there has actually been no such incidents of loutish behaviour for many years.

In 2019, Merseyside Police made just two arrests, and even praised the crowds for good behaviour.

The two people arrested – both male – were caught for possession of counterfeit currency and a public order offence, respectively.

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