Sir Tom set to rock Rasen in record style

Photographer John Aron captured the crowds at a previous Rasen Rocks  but Saturday will be even bigger
Photographer John Aron captured the crowds at a previous Rasen Rocks but Saturday will be even bigger

Record crowds are expected at Market Rasen Racecourse on Saturday to welcome global superstar Sir Tom Jones.

The Welsh legend is the main attraction at Rasen Rocks 2015 and organisers have already sold more than 11,500 tickets.

That will guarantee the biggest-ever attendance for the event - topping crowds the likes of BBC Radio One’s Scott Mills, James Morrisson and Wet Wet Wet attracted.

There was pelnty of speculation about the big-name attraction this year but it appears the decision to bring in Sir Tom has paid off - and in style.

General Manager at the racecourse, Nadia Gollings, said: “This is most certainly a record attendance for music nights at Market Rasen Racecourse.

“In terms of general attendance, we haven’t seen this volume of race-goers for decades.

“Rasen Rocks has been a huge success at the course for many years but it would be fair to say Sir Tom Jones has certainly taken it to the next level.”

Apart from Sir Tom, visitors can expect a whole host of activities from the afternoon through to the late evening.

Ms Gollings added: “Race-goers can expect competitive racing followed by a superb show from the legend himself.

“We have plenty of bars and food outlets across the course for race-goers to enjoy.”

With over 11,500 people turning out for the event, there is likely to be disruption on Willingham Road.

Ms Gollings said: “As with any large event, our customers will experience a delay in travel. “Please be assured we will be trying our best to get race-goers in and out of the Racecourse as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

With over 36 singles in the UK top 40 to his name - and over 100 million records sold - Sir Tom, who will be performing without any supporting acts, is arguably the most notable star Rasen Rocks has seen to date.

*For more information about the event, visit: marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk

*Next week’s Rasen Mail will feature a special review of the big night.