One big racing family
By EMMA CORNFORD
UNLIKE the bigger race days during the July Carnival, Westlawn Day presents a different pace.
Standing at the finishing post, the usual cheers of 'grown-up' punters as hooves thunder past are replaced by cheers from kids who have come to enjoy the day with their family.
That family feel at the Grafton racetrack yesterday illustrated the unique aspect of Westlawn Day ? and few families captured that spirit better than the Goslings, who had four generations in the Westlawn fashion parade.
There was Jean Taylor, almost 90 and still designing her own jewellery, her daughter Lyn Gosling, who never misses a Westlawn Day, her daughter Angela Gosling and the youngest of the group, 10-month-old Chelsea.
"I've been coming for years and years and I love it. I even designed this necklace," Mrs Taylor said, proudly displaying the piece she had fashioned for this year's parade.
"It's a great day. I live in Woolgoolga, but every year I come up and stay with my daughter for Westlawn Day."
Lyn Gosling had much the same idea as her mother.
"I couldn't tell you how many years I've been coming ? however many it's been going for I guess," she laughed as she cradled Chel- sea, who was no doubt enjoying the first of many Westlawn Days to come.
"I used to dress up Angela when she was little and we'd come along. I just think that (Westlawn) are so good to put this free day on that people should make the effort to come and support it."