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Regatta collections top last year’s amount

w1432103d A Regatta fundraising frog and Miss Regatta Samantha Dixon, strolling on West Cliff on sunny Saturday of Regatta Weekend.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  09/08/14

w1432103d A Regatta fundraising frog and Miss Regatta Samantha Dixon, strolling on West Cliff on sunny Saturday of Regatta Weekend. Picture by Andrew Higgins 09/08/14

Rain and storms didn’t dampen the enthusiasm people had for digging deep during this year’s Whitby Regatta.

Regatta Sunday became a washout when torrential rain and storms saw streets deserted and stalls and attractions pack up and go home early.

Organisers thought it would inevitably mean that less money would be made from the street collecting buckets which contribute to the event’s overall funds.

But, in total this year over £342 more was collected compared to last year.

The final total from street collections stands at £2613.09.

Regatta chairman, Ivor Greer said the appearance of the Red Arrows, somewhat against the odds and the spectacular firework display, were all major factors to the small increase.

He said: “This was in no small way attributed to the Red Arrows being able to complete their full programme.

“Huge crowds gathered on the North Promenade and the road came to a standstill during the display and our volunteer collectors, despite being totally soaked and cold, did a marvellous job.

“In addition, crowds attending the firework display on Monday evening were most generous.”

A de-brief meeting was held last week, in which plans for next year’s event are aleady up for discussion.

It was also felt that the overhaul of some of the main features of the Regatta had proved successful.

One of which was the opening night show which featured local stage schools and musical groups.

Mr Greer added: “This was the first time that the Regatta Committee had ventured away from their previous format for some time.

“The production was performed to open the 174th Regatta on Friday evening with an encore performance following on Saturday.

“The whole show, which followed a Regatta theme using the history of the Regatta and Whitby, was a huge success and professionally performed by those taking part.”

 

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