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HUNDREDS of servicemen will go to Goodwood racecourse for a day of free racing.

Around 500 troops have been invited to attend Glorious Goodwood this month after free tickets were given out by charity Tickets For Troops and the British Horseracing Authority.

The free tickets have been made available for the first day of the festival, on Tuesday, July 26, which is also known as The Day of Sporting Greats.

Chairman of Ticket For Troops, Lord Jonathan Marland, said: ‘The charity is exceedingly appreciative to Goodwood racecourse for their continued generosity; it is a huge lift to the morale of the troops to have their commitment and dedication recognised in this way.’

Samantha Cameron, wife of prime minister David Cameron, is patron to the charity.

She said: ‘Tickets For Troops has been a massive success in terms of recognising the work and courage of our troops.

‘But it has also rewarded their families, whose support and love is crucial to those on the front line.’

Tickets For Troops was set up in 2009 to provide members of the armed forces with free tickets for major sporting events, music concerts and cultural attractions.

Armed forces personnel are encouraged to sign up and register to the charity so they can go along to free events.

To find out more visit ticketsfortroops.org.uk.