Lancashire Times
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11:27 AM 1st September 2023

Cartmel Steward Says Goodbye After 60 Years

A much-loved steward who’s worked at Cartmel Racecourse for almost 60 years marked his retirement on Bank Holiday Monday.

Richard Repton started his career litter-picking for pocket money aged 5, going on to sell racecards and doing other jobs before becoming a parking attendant and finally a steward, working in all areas of the course through rain and shine.

On his final day, Richard worked on the crossing on the home straight, keeping racegoers safe with a smile.

He said:
“I have so many happy memories of working here alongside a fantastic team of people whose only aim is to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable day at the races.”

“If you are or were an owner, or one of the thousands of enthusiastic racegoers, I’ve probably helped you park or cross from course side to the paddock, and so many of you have become friends.

“Some of you even bring Christmas cards to exchange with me!”

During his time at Cartmel, Richard has seen many changes including the introduction of female jockeys, the addition of restaurants and bars at the Grandstand, and an increase in race days from two to nine.

He has also rubbed shoulders with many famous jockeys and trainers, including Jonjo O’Neil, Ginger McCain and his son Donald, Richard Dunwoody and Tony McCoy, as well as local favourites such as Charlotte Jones.

And, of course, Richard has enjoyed the wide range of entertainment put on at the course, with highlights including performances by Jools Holland and David Gray.

Plus, he’s always been partial to a little Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and beer from Cartmel Brewery.

Geraldine McKay, Director of Racing at Cartmel Racecourse, had warm words for Richard:
“It is a fantastic achievement to show such commitment over so many years. Richard has worked hard for us here at Cartmel and has made many friends with racegoers and colleagues alike. We wish him all the best for his retirement.”

And, looking ahead to his retirement, Richard says he won’t be a stranger to the course.

He says:
“I’m looking forward to returning to Cartmel next May when I’ll be able to really enjoy the racing as a punter.”