AFTER an appeal in the Whitby Gazette, local businesses have rallied to support this year’s Regatta.
Local supermarket Lidl and York Potash, the firm behind plans to build a new mine within the North York Moors National park, have stepped forward to offer financial support to the event which costs over £40,000 to stage each year.
Lidl, based on Stakesby Road, will be supplying goody bags for competitors in the fun run and also providing hampers for the tombola.
Meanwhile, York Potash is providing over £5000 to sponsor the first aid and medical services on the day as well as funding the Sea King display and also displays from spitfires and fire and rescue.
Ivor Greer, the director of Whitby Regatta said: “Sponsorship from local businesses is vital to the success of our event and in turn the Regatta is great for local businesses.
“These are tough times for local firms and we are immensely grateful for the support shown to the local area by both Lidl and York Potash.”
Gareth Edmunds from York Potash added: “The Regatta is an important local event and hugely popular with our staff, so we wanted to offer our help where we could.
“As a business that is committed to zero harm and the highest standards of safety we are delighted to be helping with the safety aspects of the event and we congratulate all the people who give up their time to make it such a successful event.”
The 172nd Whitby Regatta will take place between Saturday 18 August and Monday 20 August. As well as yacht and rowing races there will be carnivals, the Red Arrows, bonny baby competition and the crowning of Miss Regatta.