Well as many folk will know, it was the Grand National at the weekend. And this year was certainly not without its controversies; particularly regarding animal safety and the unfortunate deaths of two horses. However, today’s blog isn’t about the rights or wrongs of the steeplechase itself, but it looks at the event of glitz and glam that is Ladies’ Day at Aintree, which took place on Friday 13th.
Perhaps the date itself was an omen, but the British weather certainly let itself be known on Friday! Ladies’ day is on of the North-West’s biggest days out for those that like to be seen, in style. Now, the idea of ‘fashion’ is always highly subjective and individual, but this year’s Raceday fashions didn’t
disappoint, providing a spectacle of colour and ostentation in the Red Rum Garden. With make-up sampling, goody bag giveaways and fashion shows all happening in this area, it’s always billed to be the ultimate raceday style experience!
However, when you add ‘rain’ into the mix, you certainly end up with a very different picture!
No matter whether the ladies were sporting the latest fashions, the rain certainly poured down on Friday and left its mark! Both Umbrellagirl and I were astonished at the pictures we saw coming from Aintree. In only one picture did we see anyone with an umbrella! The rest of them
were either soaked to the skin, or wearing those hugely unattractive transparent polythene rain-cheaters that you generally see American tourists in when they’re visiting our rain-soaked cities! With so many stunning umbrellas available to go with any outfit, surely the purchase of a brolly beforehand would have avoided this, while adding to (rather than detracting from) their outfit!?
Then again, perhaps it’s not surprising. I (BrollyBoy) was out in Edinburgh the other weekend on a particularly rainy Friday evening. The post-work pub crawls were just getting started. But, I was still surprised by the number of younger ladies out in their weekend best, without a jacket or brolly, and soaked to the skin! Now, if this were
the Mediterranean, I’d say go for it! But this is Britain – a very wet Britain – and we have awful weather!
So, in the interests of keeping dry, of preventing hypothermia, of retaining that newly-styled hair, of fundamental public safety Buy an umbrella! You won’t regret it!
… and when you do, make sure it’s from Brolliesgalore