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Big day at races as brides to wreck old dresses for charity

WOMEN are being invited to turn up the the Galway Races in their old wedding dresses next month -- all in aid of charity.

The bridal action will give the off-the-bridle action a run for its money on the opening day of the races.

All 'fine fillies' will get to parade 200 metres before the first race and be in with a chance to win a selection of prizes to support the Special Olympics.

Lydia Rogers from the organisation told the Herald: "It will be like a parade of brides on the day. They'll walk one furlong of the course, which is short and sweet."

All of the ladies who take part will get admission to the race meeting, enjoy a champagne reception and a four course meal as well as enjoying the racing action from a reserved table in the Killanin stand.

"We are looking for all sorts of brides -- young, old, mothers, daughters, sisters, vintage dresses, dressed from 20 years ago," Lydia explained. "We want to be as inclusive as possible.

"Marriage certificates aren't compulsory, so even if you haven't been up the aisle, you can join in the fun.

"There are lots of charity shops around and you can even buy dresses very cheaply on the high street. As long as it is white or ivory and long -- we won't be too strict."

An exclusive pamper package from Spirit One Spa at the Radisson Blu hotel, Galway will be presented to the lady who raises the most funds.

First past the post in the bridal style stakes will earn a pair of tickets to Ladies Day on the Thursday of the festival.

Participants are required to pay €25 upon registration and raise at least €125 sponsorship for Special Olympics.