BBC Breakfast at Chester Races for live broadcast

August 28, 2017 – 03:38 pm

BBC Breakfast will be broadcasting live from Chester Racecourse on Wednesday, May 6 on the first day of the racing season - and the final day of election campaigning.

The opening of the traditional May Festival will be marked with a special broadcast from the Roodee from 6am onwards.

Chester resident Louise Minchin will present the show with Bill Turnbull, and viewers will see him being shown around some of Chester's most famous sights in a pre-recorded segment.

A BBC spokesperson said the decision to film the show in Chester was made because it is 'the most ambitious of the sofa roadshows', as well as being Ms Minchin's home city.

The spokesperson told The Chronicle: "Chester was chosen because it's rich in history and is the crossroads of Britain as the country stands at a political crossroads.

"It is also Labour's 45th target seat and as a city, it is politically very interesting."

Also on the progamme will be a look back at the General Election campaign and appearances by members of BBC's GE2015 panel, as well as Cholmondeley teenager Rachael Farrington who created the website Voting Counts to encourage more young people to vote.

Chester is like a scene from #anchorman3 ! @billtu and @alstewitn

— Louise Minchin (@louiseminchin)

Viewers will also be able to see racehorses warming up at the Roodee, and watch interviews with racecourse CEO Richard Thomas and a racehorse trainer.

A Chester Racecourse representative said: "Chester is very much a talking point right now, it is the centre of the country and with it being the start of the May Festival there is a real sense of occasion. It's also a very lovely setting!"

Source: www.chesterchronicle.co.uk

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