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ROYAL ASCOT 2019

Date Posted | 24/06/2019

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Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne.  Although the Berkshire track hosts events throughout the year.  Royal Ascot is the pinnacle of these and thousands scrambled once again this year for tickets.

This five day horse racing meeting was held on 18 to 22 June this year and like all previous meetings during Queen Elizabeth’s reign she attended again this year.

WISE SECURITY SERVICES LTD (WSSL) were delighted to be asked back this year after their first occasion of providing staff to this most prestigious race meeting in 2018.  With staffing numbers slightly increased this year to approximately 100 each day the company were pleased to supply; Access Control Search Teams,   Roving Response Security Personnel, Trackside Safety Staff, Bar and VIP Safety Stewards and Security Operatives. In addition to which WSSL provided a full Management and Supervisory Team.  They all worked closely and most effectively with the very experienced Ascot Sector Manager who made reference to the good work that they had all done and highlighted in particular the effectiveness of the Entry Control Search staff in their role admitting the 300,000 visitors over the 5 days.

The extremes of weather experienced this year put extra pressure on the staff working but we are pleased to say the WSSL personnel came through with flying colours.  Dan Frost the WSSL Event Manager made reference to the many responsibilities that they had and identified the benefit he had in attending the SAG (Safety Advisory Group) meetings in order to be up to speed with details revolving around ‘The Royals’ and many other VIPs that attended.

Guy Henderson the CEO of Ascot Racecourse actually took time out to write to James Wise (WSSL MD) to personally thank him and his team for their hard work and dedication.  He made reference to the customer feedback and media comment as being very strong and expressed his gratitude for the support of WSSL. He signed off by asking James to pass on congratulations and thanks to all that worked from the company.