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Oh yes, it's Ladies Night....

A sea of colourful clothes, a full-up A&E...it can only mean one event in the social calendar

Published on April 6th 2009.


Oh yes, it's Ladies Night....

WE figured it was time to stop photographing the revellers on Ladies Night after we noticed a police cordon around pool of blood on the pavement just near the Restaurant Bar & Grill, closed on what must have been one of the busiest nights of its year up until then. Somebody's head had hit the floor, apparently.

It was also time to stop snapping when a short balding chap on Brunswick Street, in an entirely unrelated incident, started snapping – at us – revealing in no uncertain terms where he was going to insert our operative's Fuji FinePix compact if he got his hands on it.

Huh? He'd have had to have caught them first, though, and he did already have his hands full with a buxom blonde lass in a very short, shocking pink dress.

Perhaps she was his daughter, perhaps he was very rich. Anyroad, to use some racing terminology, we didn't fancy hers much.

A day at the races turns into a night of glam every April in Liverpool when the Aintree Ladies Day takes place on the Friday before the Grand National. Like 100-1 winners, anything goes.

On Ladies Day, no expense is spared on designer outfits, carried off by an endless parade of Liverpool fillies, as winter is shrugged away.

Indeed, every taxi, limo and Merseyrail carriage is commandeered to over-capacity, to ferry them from the Tattershall stands back into town at dusk.

Can there, therefore, be any more delightful pastime to indulge in than watching the girls go by?

Or to listen, as the balmy spring evening progresses, to the air becoming thick with the wails of ambulance sirens; the clatter of Jimmy Choo heels replacing the thunder of hooves?

It's the sport of kings, they say, and here are some pictures of the good sports who let us take their pictures.

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Jock EaswhipsApril 6th 2009.

Are those men parading about in their stained and filthy underwear (right column, 6th down) being helped into a police van? I certainly hope so.

Tough of the TrackApril 6th 2009.

That's Steven Spielberg, you daft ha'p'orth!And there's Mr. Potatohead (right column, 4th down) crushing his victims' heads.

DigApril 6th 2009.

I don't see anything offensive about the article either. Just a fair, light humorous review of Ladies Day night. By the way Fuming if people travel from London to Liverpool they come up, not down.

Celebrity squaresApril 6th 2009.

What on earth is Alex Corina doing working as a bouncer? Left column, 5 down?

Fulke Walwyn fanApril 6th 2009.

I have re-read this a couple of times now after seeing the comment from "Fuming" and cannot see anything offensive or negative. As for the pictures, a lot of quite attractive and some very attractive women (in my opinion) done up for a night out and looking like they are having fun which is what this piece was i thought. We know this event attracts a few headcases and people who overdo it a bit, listen to the tales from Taxi drivers about ladies day and New years eve, just like any other town with a big event, but this wasn't mentioned in the piece. I have seen plenty of examples of people who haven't managed to finish the course sprawled in a shop doorway etc and I saw quite a few this year who needed some fashion advice as well as those who looked stunning. I think, unless "fuming" is just writing tongue in cheek that it says more about their views and perception of how we are seen from those evil southerners. The pictures were of people having a laugh done up and out to enjoy themselves.

Formby humour bypassApril 6th 2009.

Catch yourself on! It's people like you, with your oversensitive, self pity ways who give the city a bad name, not the Ladies day partygoers. Grow up, it's just a laugh and you, with your famous scouse sense of humour, are supposed to be able to do that!

Fuming of LiverpoolApril 6th 2009.

What a surprise that you would choose to write about this event so negatively & choose those pictures to accompany your words. Why don't you go & work for one of the London based nationals that come down to mock us every year? I suppose us working class Liverpool people should be laughed at though eh for thinking we're sophisticated enough to partake in such an upper class horsey event. What an absolute shame- you could have done a nice positive piece on what was a fabulous day for most and used photos of the abundance of beautifully turned out lads in suits and girls in dresses that I know were about on the day, instead of pictures of ambulances (how ridiculous!).

Liverpool WagApril 6th 2009.

Quite, Dig. Only a non-scouser would say "come down" from London.

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