RACEGOERS – and pirates – are being given the chance to roar on England’s Lionesses on the big screen at Redcar Races this weekend.

The seaside course stages its popular Caribbean Carnival Day, sponsored by Vickers Bet, this Saturday.

And the gates will open early, at 11.15am, to allow spectators to watch England’s World Cup quarter-final against Colombia.

Amy Fair, Redcar’s general manager, said: “England kick-off at 11.30am, so it seemed the ideal opportunity to make good use of the big screen and the televisions around the course to show the big match. We just hope The Lionesses put up a thoroughbred performance and leave Colombia with neigh chance!”

There’s bound to be a carnival atmosphere because spectators are being encouraged to come as pirates or wear their favourite Caribbean shirts, with ‘treasure’ up for grabs in fancy-dress competitions for adults and children.

Last year's adult winner was Carl Brunskill, dressed as Popeye the sailor man, while the junior contest was won by Ava Oxley (pictured below).

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Amy added: “Caribbean Carnival Day is always one of the most popular days of the year at Redcar, and we know how much grown-ups and kids love to dress up for the occasion. No wonder every pirate’s favourite racecourse is REDCAAAAAR!”

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The first race is scheduled for 2.03pm, and the last race is due to go off at 5pm. However, these times are provisional and will be confirmed 48 hours before the meeting.

Savings can be made by booking tickets in advance. Grandstand Enclosure admission is £16 in advance or £18 with cash or card on the day. Course Enclosure admission is £6 in advance or £7 on the day. Under-18s, accompanied by an adult, go free into both enclosures.