Regatta in bid to lure back 
the Red Arrows

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

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The Whitby Regatta is bidding to bring the Red Arrows back to town for next year’s event.

It was agreed an application to the air display unit be submitted, regardless of how it will be funded, as the deadline for bidding falls at the end of the month.

The regatta committee said it still had time to work out how to raise the money needed to pay for the Red Arrows, which at over £12,000 is the second biggest cost to the event after public liability insurance.

York Potash has committed to funding the Red Arrows as part of its mine planning application but that money might not be available in time.

Regatta secretary Ian Winspear said: “To bid for the Red Arrows we have to put it in in time. The timescale is September and goes through their process until February and they decide who is going to get it or not. It is a long process and starts now – if we don’t bid, we don’t get it.”

The committee did bid for the RAF display team to appear at this year’s Regatta on the Sunday but were unsuccessful as the Reds couldn’t fit the date into its busy schedule.

For 2016, the committee will ask for the display to be on either the Saturday or the Sunday.

The food market, new for this year, is set to make a comeback next year after positive feedback from stall holders and the public.

Organiser Rodney Nattriss added: “The basis is right based on the comments we have received from the public and stall holders. We have had a meeting of a sub-committee and will fine-tune it that way.”

At a de-brief meeting it was revealed that the street bucket collections this year raised a total of £2201.26.

Volunteer marshall Chris Bates was the top collector, pulling in £269.63 on one day, and Martin Hart brought in £404 over four days.

The Regatta Fun Run held on the Sunday morning made £277 with 79 participants.

Included in the reports given was one from police inspector Andy Everitt who said he reduced the numbers of police working the event as there were no incidents or trouble associated with the Regatta.

The only incident of note was the releasing of Chinese lanterns which prompted a complaint to the committee.

Mr Winspear said: “It was nothing to do with us and whoever set them off, I have been unable to find out and the police don’t know. It could have been anybody. They initially blamed the regatta but I put them right.”

Chairman Ivor Greer thanked Mr Winspear for taking on extra roles this year as well as the volunteers and marshalls.

He said: “Thanks to everyone who made the event happen including the rowing clubs.

“It was a wonderful weekend of rowing, we were a bit tight on the Monday with the closing in of the weather but thanks to everybody that took part and made it a success.”