CHESTER Racecourse provided the romantic backdrop for a storyline featured in ITV's hit series Cold Feet.
The programme, dubbed as Britain's answer to Friends, is a humorous drama about the trials and tribulations of a group of 30-somethings from Manchester.
Monday night's episode saw The Roodee shown off in all its glory as the gang enjoyed a day at the races on a hot summer day.
Ellie Wheeler, marketing executive at Chester Race Company, an avid fan of the show, said: 'It was a fabulous story. It's good for Chester as well as the racecourse.'
Miss Wheeler said filming took place on the annual Sunday fun day held on August 5, which attracted 31,000 people.
* Tickets for all fixtures at Chester Races in 2002 are now on sale - two months early.
Unprecedented demand for badges for all enclosures during the 2001 season and a 15% surge in attendances led to the decision on the early sale of tickets.
In another first, tickets can be bought on the racecourse's website at www.chester-races.co.uk
Ticket prices range from £4 for the Open Course on all days to £30 in the County Stand during the May Festival. A three-day badge for the May Festival costs £85. Annual badges, which are sold on a first come first served basis, cost £230.
Tickets can also be bought on the racecourse's credit card hotline on 01244 304 610, which is open between 9am and 4.45pm Mondays to Fridays.
General e-mail inquiries to email@example.com.
Full 2002 fixture list: May Festival: Tuesday 7 through Thursday May 9; Ladies' Day: Wednesday June 5 (evening); Roman Day: Saturday June 29; July Meeting: Friday 12 (evening) and Saturday July 13; Family Funday: Sunday August 4; August Festival: Thursday 29 through Saturday August 31; September meeting: Wednesday September 25.
* Cold Feet is on ITV1 on Sunday at 9pm with the final episode in the series at 9pm on Monday.