Red Arrows grounded for this year’s Whitby Regatta

w1432111e Awful weather on Sunday cleared just enough to allow the RAF Red Arrows to put on a spectacular 20 minute display over Whitby.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  10/08/14
w1432111e Awful weather on Sunday cleared just enough to allow the RAF Red Arrows to put on a spectacular 20 minute display over Whitby. Picture by Andrew Higgins 10/08/14

The Red Arrows will not be appearing at this year’s Whitby Regatta despite bids and fundraising efforts to cover their appearance.

It has been confirmed this week the spectacular air display team will not feature in the programme as it has agreed to commitments in other parts of the country.

The Regatta Committee said it was ‘disappointed’ as the display does attract more people to town and boosts the collections buckets due to the numbers of people watching.

Recently, the Gazette reported how the committee were struggling to pay for the Red Arrows, which costs in the region of £11,000, but the committee insists this was not a factor in the no show.

Ivor Greer, Regatta chairman, said: “We never pulled the plug on it because of funding. Regardless of the funding that was available the bid had been left in but was unsuccessful.

“We were surprised but that being said, they do share it around the country. If you look at the programme at Eastbourne they have paid for the Reds to be on the ground as well.

“If the funding bids weren’t successful we were considering forking out of our own funds and while we are disappointed this gives us 12 months to do some kind of fundraising so we can afford to bid next year. We will be putting in a bid for 2016 but want to be in a position where we can afford to do them.”

Funds had been promised from York Potash but with a decision on the mine still pending the Regatta team is having to look at alternatives and the application for the Red Arrows to appear at the 2016 Regatta has to be put forward by September of this year.