Ten thousand NHS and social care workers will be given free tickets for the opening day of next year's Grand National Festival, Aintree racecourse, bosses have announced.

The three-day festival, which culminates in the world-famous steeplechase, was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The meeting was due to get underway today.

The Jockey Club announced the first day of the 2021 festival would be renamed Liverpool's NHS Day, with thousands of tickets donated to NHS and professional carers in Merseyside.

"We understand just how hard the NHS and professional carers are working right now and this is our way of showing our gratitude.

Dickon White, Jockey Club Racecourses North West
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"Across local health and care, staff are working tirelessly to keep services running and give people the care they need, often in the face of significant challenges.

Jan Ledward, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group

Further details on the ticket process will be revealed later in the year.