Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Horse Racing Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Horse Racing | A Day at the Royal Races, in Song Advertisement Supported by ByAmanda Duckworth June 18, 2019 In addition to five days of top-quality horse racing in mid-June at Royal Ascot, each afternoon starts with the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in a grand procession and ends with thousands of people gathering around the bandstand for a singalong. While the queen is one of the most easily identifiable figures in the world, the man in charge of getting the crowd to sing is not. John Park, the leader of the singalong for the last 12 years, does not mind. “After I come off the stage, I can just slip into obscurity again, walk down to the train station with everyone else, and no one knows who I am,” he said. “It’s hilarious, although occasionally I will get recognized. If they do realize it, they always want a song.” Park has been the singer at Royal Ascot since 2007, but the tradition predates him. It was begun in the 1970s by Jinny Beaumont, the wife of Sir Nicholas Beaumont, clerk of… Read full this story
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