A racecourse in Norfolk will retain the patronage of King Charles.

Fakenham Racecourse has announced that the monarch, who has been patron of the venue for the last 24 years, will continue the tradition.

David Hunter, racecourse CEO, said: "We are thrilled that His Majesty the King has chosen to continue his patronage with us as we approach our 120th year of racing."

Racing first took place at the site in Fakenham on Easter Monday 1905 and, other than interruptions for both wars, has continued ever since.

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Jumps racing in West Norfolk has always been honoured with royal patronage. 

Initially, when at the original site in East Winch, the patron was the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. 

Queen Elizabeth II was patron for almost 50 years before handing over the reins to the Prince of Wales in 2000.

Mr Hunter said it was "wonderful that the King, despite his heavy workload, has chosen to stay with an institution that is so close to his heart".