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    From Racing Post Online

    ALCOHOL-fuelled disputes have become commonplace on racecourses, but it was ice cream that triggered heated scenes at Salisbury on Wednesday when a racegoer claimed he and his 75-year-old mother were threatened with ejection after two cornets were brought into the members enclosure.

    Russell Gibbs, who said he spent nearly £200 in the restaurant, was tackled by operations manager Lin White after ignoring a security guard, who toldhim he could not enter members with the cones.

    Gibbs, who had bought the ice creams in Tattersalls, said: “I was told that my mother had to come into Tattersalls to eat the ice cream, but she’s 75 and by the time she got there itwould have melted. Lin White said that if I didn’t tone it down she would have us ejected.”

    Salisbury general manager Jeremy Martin said: “We have a relaxed dress code for members, but we can’t have people wandering around eating food. People pay extra for exclusivity in members. They don’t expect to bump into someone carrying an ice cream.”[/color:3la2nh5r]

    That sort of attitude makes racecourses look absolutely stupid.

    For heavens sake even Goodwood, who probably have the strictest rules of any course, allow you to take ice creams into the Richmond Enclosure.

    Having said that Fakenham can be even stricter with their “no food in the grandstand” policy. I can see the argument for not taking burgers into busy stands, but once I saw a chap asked to leave the stand because he was eating a kit-kat (and that is not a case of a one off over zealous little Hitler either).

    #236296
    gumshield
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    It’s possible the authorities are trying to ensure there’s no repeat of the "cone incident" at Pontefract.

    #236298
    Glenn
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    A very relaxed dress code in Salisbury members. Aren’t you allowed to wear a diving suit if it’s scorching?

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    Jeremy Martin is bang on, Russell Gibbs is quite clearly a b*stard – how dare the lower classes expect Salisbury’s posh member folk to suffer the indignity of watching someone eat an ice-cream.

    Whilst I can appreciate that witnessing a 75-year-old attempting to devour an ice-cream cone can be a harrowing experience, what planet is this Martin fellow on? Unless Mr Gibbs was seen to sprinkle the offending item with crushed tablets, before proceeding in the direction of a rather pumped foreign raider flanked by two men with a rather familiar Aussie twang, I don’t see that there’s much of a problem.

    Lin White wasn’t tipped off by an anonymous Scotsman who’d just missed out on the last Calippo, was she?

    #236322
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    ** Jots down to never visit Salisbury except for the equinox … **

    What a bunch of elitist twats. They thoroughly discredit themselves with attitudes like that.

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    Whilst I can appreciate that witnessing a 75-year-old attempting to devour an ice-cream cone can be a harrowing experience,

    Not to be forgotten the average age of an annual member at Salisbury seems to be around 75 – they would probably think of her as one of their own.

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    Oddly enough I was thinking of going there next Friday evening if I can escape the office swiftly enough – Lord knows what they’ll make of this reprobate on that evidence.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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    I would suggest "crushed nuts", but not for the ice-cream.

    #236380
    rory
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    Clearly a large deputation of TRFers should descend on Salisbury, replete with 99’s and storm members in a D-Day like invasion. They can’t stop us all, can they?

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    Clearly a large deputation of TRFers should descend on Salisbury, replete with 99’s and storm members in a D-Day like invasion. They can’t stop us all, can they?

    Especially if we go for a pincer movement both end’s of the enclosure.

    We could also lob a couple of tubs in first – as a diversionary tactic – If we have any cricketers they could lob them from the course enclosure the other side of the track.

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    I have to admit to being confused.
    Is this issue strictly about the ice-cream, or is there something else?

    . Lin White said that

    if I didn’t tone it down

    she would have us ejected."

    Does that hint at the possibility that this gent was maybe acting a bit stroppish?

    #236451
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    The old trouble maker should have been taken to one side and had her face ironed.

    People have to understand that being old is no excuse for being an anarchist.

    #236523
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    I have just found the following press release in my inbox.

    In response to growing criticism over not allowing ice creams to be taken onto its Members’ lawn area, Salisbury Racecourse has announced a change to its policy with immediate effect.

    Jeremy Martin, Clerk of the Course and Racecourse Manager, said today: “Although this has not been raised as an issue before, the message has been very clear. We like to think we are a ‘listening racecourse’ and from what we have read in the paper and from the emails we have received, we will be allowing ice creams in Members’ from now onwards.

    “We race on Sunday and the forecast is very favourable. I am sure plenty of ice creams will be consumed. In fact, we have decided that the first 99 racegoers in each of our three enclosures, including Members’, will receive a voucher on entry and be entitled to a free ‘99’ ice cream. We won’t be coning off any special areas, racegoers can eat the ice creams anywhere.”

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    Neil Watson
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    Too right on Jeremy Martin for ejecting that 75yo Woman for wanting an ice cream on a hot summers afternoon.

    Scum like that is not welcome on our racecourses, after all where can the lager drinkers and champagne guzzlers go if all the room is being taken up by pensioners who just want a quiet afternoon out at the races.

    Furthermore anyone else eating a 99 should be banned for life as they are creating a bad atmosphere and making it unbereable for those of us who want to actually SEE the horses without risking getting a flake and raspeberry sauce dropping on the floor and making a mess.

    Get her banned, she should be bloody ashamed of herself!!!!!!!

    #236913
    Tom
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    Too man racing official strut around as it they are God.

    Too often, such officials not using common sense have wasted a day for many race goers.

    #236917
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    I have just found the following press release in my inbox.

    In response to growing criticism over not allowing ice creams to be taken onto its Members’ lawn area, Salisbury Racecourse has announced a change to its policy with immediate effect.

    Jeremy Martin, Clerk of the Course and Racecourse Manager, said today: “Although this has not been raised as an issue before, the message has been very clear. We like to think we are a ‘listening racecourse’ and from what we have read in the paper and from the emails we have received, we will be allowing ice creams in Members’ from now onwards.

    “We race on Sunday and the forecast is very favourable. I am sure plenty of ice creams will be consumed. In fact, we have decided that the first 99 racegoers in each of our three enclosures, including Members’, will receive a voucher on entry and be entitled to a free ‘99’ ice cream. We won’t be coning off any special areas, racegoers can eat the ice creams anywhere.”

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    Are they allowing oysters too? I just lurve that choc, coconut and mallow mix with my ice cream.

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