All the fun of the fair at Whitby Regatta

Crowds gather in the sunshine for Saturday's rowing races

Crowds gather in the sunshine for Saturday's rowing races

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THOUSANDS of people have flocked to Whitby over the weekend to enjoy the Regatta carnival.

Crowds lined the West Cliff, the Abbey grounds and both piers for the biggest attraction of the weekend so far - a spectacular display by the Red Arrows.

The air display team was a massive hit with the crowds who cheered and clapped the breathtaking show which had been in doubt prior to the event because of expected low cloud.

But the weather held out and failed to dampen any spirits with Regatta revellers on Saturday basking in the hottest day of the year so far.

Town was packed to capacity as people clamoured to catch glimpses of the traditional rowing races being hosted by the town’s Fisherlads and Friendship crews.

Other attraction so far have included a bonny baby competition, vintage vehicles, a dog show and tug of war competition.

The event signs off tomorrow (Monday) with a grand parade, presentation of rowing prizes and a fireworks display at around 9.45pm.