RACING'S past may soon be re-lived thanks to the creation of a national heritage centre.
Members of the Forest Heath District Council approved the building of Home of Horseracing National Heritage Centre - which will cost £14.3 million - on Thursday.
Subject to the final piece of funding, the creation in Newmarket's High Street has been described as a tourist destination for UK and International visitors.
It is estimated 40,000 to 50,000 visitors could flock to the centre every year, bringing in £1.8m a year to the town.
The centre, which could open in 2015, will include new galleries in the Palace House Stables and Trainer's House as well as a temporary exhibition gallery, a larger library and educational facilities.
Horses will be allowed to be shown for the first time as the site's Rothschild Yard will be restored as a flagship home for the Retraining of Racehorses charity.
It certainly is a great scheme for horse racing. I think it will give the sport a boost and attract people of all ages, which may even inspire a generation.
It isn't every day you hear of these schemes go on for racing, and that it why I have decided to write about it for my blog.
More encouragement needs to be given to projects like this, not just for racing but for all sports.
Sport is important and I think enthusiasm towards it begins at local clubs, events and centres like this.
So I think it is a job well done and I am pleased the council approved it.
Not only will Newmarket benefit from the tourist destination, but racing may also increase in popularity and appreciation.