In the 18th and 19th centuries the Chelmsford Races at Galleywood were the most eagerly anticipated event on the Essex calendar. They offered something for everyone - the aristocracy flaunted their wealth and power; the working classes enjoyed a rare day off and crooks and conmen fleeced the unwary.
David Dunford formerly worked as a reporter and assistant editor for Essex County Newspapers before moving to the BBC in London. There he worked in the Radio Newsroom writing news bulletins for all domestic outlets. He also wrote for Yesterday and Today in Parliament as well as writing and broadcasting on finance for radio, television and the BBC World Service.