BOSSES at Uttoxeter Racecourse are giving back to the Uttoxeter community by offering what could be more than £200,000 in free tickets to their October race day.
Anyone living in the ST14 postcode will be granted free admission to the Wood Lane course's community race day on Sunday, October 5.
Racecourse chiefs said the generous offer has been made partly to thank Uttoxeter residents for their 'support and patience'.
But they also want to give people from the town the chance to experience the atmosphere of a big race day who have never been before.
Executive director David MacDonald said: "Obviously we are limited on space in the grandstand and paddock area but if we sell out of those we will still offer a free centre course ticket.
"With a population of 13,000 in Uttoxeter, we could be giving away over £200,000 worth of tickets. Wouldn't that make for a great day?"
Business bosses in Uttoxeter have welcomed the racecourse's offer, which could bring thousands of punters into the town centre.
Samantha Halden-Evans, marketing co-ordinator for the Advance Business Consultancy, said: "Uttoxeter Racecourse is one the most valuable assets Uttoxeter has to offer in terms of putting the town on the map.
"It's absolutely brilliant that they're giving something back to the community and providing the opportunity for people to enjoy what is always a great day out.
"It will undoubtedly boost footfall in Uttoxeter town centre and business could benefit greatly.
"Things are looking up for Uttoxeter and last year's doom and gloom has been lifted with the opening of Carter's Square, JCB's expansion and the promise of a new Waitrose store next year."
The racecourse is limiting the offer to two grandstand and paddock tickets per household.
All under 18s will get free admission as usual.
The free tickets are only available in advance and must be ordered online at www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk or by phoning the racecourse on 01889 562561 and quoting "ST14" as the 'promo code'.
Those attending the community race day can upgrade their day tickets to Premier tickets for just £5 per person.