So where else would you go to the races wearing your newspaper cuttings? Where, but?
SV Racegoers outside Royal Enclosure - men in traditional top hat and tails, and women in maxi-dresses and hot-pants
MV Well-Known hair-dresser Teasy Weasy Raymond, in salmon pink top hat and tails, leaves horse on which he arrived outside the Royal Enclosure
MV Man in hot pants and girl-friend refused admission to Royal Enclosure
GV Racegoers entering Royal Enclosure
MV & BV Well-known racegoer Mrs Shilling entering Royal Enclosure with two gentlemen ( 2 shots)
TV Crowd round winners' enclosure after first race -- winner Roi Soleil brought in
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Background: So where else would you go to the races wearing your newspaper cuttings? Where, but at Royal Ascot, Britain's bizarre four-day race meeting where the horses have to compete with the latest extravagances of the fashion world.
The big talking point this year was whether any woman could sneak into the select Royal Enclosure wearing hot-pants -- in defiance of a ban by Britain's premier earl, the Duke of Norfolk. Several girls tried. So, believe or not, did a man. None succeeded -- but we've got film of them trying. There's also society hairdresser Teasy Weasy Raymond in his salmon pink coat and tails (salmon grey for black-and-white subscribers).
Most bizarre sight was provided by those newspaper cuttings. Year after year, Ascot personality Mrs. Gertrude Shilling has worn a series of outrageous creations. This year her outfit was made from fabric printed with her press cuttings from past years, all topped off with a giant hat in the form of a paper boat.
SYNOPSIS: Royal Ascot, Britain's race meeting -cum-fashion-extravaganza, started on Tuesday. Big talking point outside the Royal Enclosure was whether anyone could sneak in wearing banned hot pants.
This speculation didn't affect society hairdresser Teasy Weasy Raymond, who created his own sensation by appearing in a salmon pink morning suit.
Back at the Royal Enclosure, a man wearing hot pants tried to get past the stewards. But the latest fashion trend had been banned from the enclosure by the Duke of Norfolk, Britain's premier earl.
As in past years, the most bizarre outfit was worn by Mrs. Gertrude Shilling. The fabric was printed with press cuttings of her previous fashion extravaganzas.
While the race for the fashion stakes was still going on, French-trained horse Roi Soleil romped home winner of the first race.