Chiefs hail regatta as ‘one of the best’

Whitby was bursting at the seams as thousands of people flocked to the town to enjoy the 171st Whitby Regatta from the land, sea and air.

The weekend was, on the whole, trouble-free, with people simply enjoying the annual community event.

The regatta was officially opened with a spectacular show provided by Tony Peers and his company, at Whitby Pavilion on Friday evening.

Topping the bill at the weekend were the rowing races, as crowds gathered from every viewpoint to cheer and support the teams racing into the harbour.

The Red Arrows’ appearance was a great crowd-pleaser, with people giving a round of applause and taking a moment to stop and enjoy the spectacular display.

The small band of marshals and volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the run-up to and over the weekend, to make sure the event ran smoothly and safely.

Vice-president of Whitby Regatta, Ivor Greer, said: “I would like to say a special thank you to all the marshals who worked tremendously hard all weekend and to all the new ones that were trained this year.”

President of Whitby Regatta, Jane Kenyon, said: “The weekend went extremely well, the weather was very kind to us. The atmosphere reflected the Whitby Regatta we wanted, of family fun.

“The Red Arrows were spectacular and the sport of rowing, the principle of the regatta, was excellent.

“The children and fancy dress made the parade and weekend very special.

“There were 92 children dressed up.

“I would like to pay tribute to them and all the people who spent countless hours of talent and imagination preparing their fancy dress.”

She added: “For the regatta committee, the weekend reflected everything they had worked so hard for.”

Fairy Godmothers Bridal Boutique certainly waved their magic wands and saved the day by providing Miss Regatta, Dionne Hewison, with a beautiful gown as the original Miss Regatta dress was not in prime condition. The children who took part in the fancy dress and in the parade were admired by all, and were hailed the best yet with around 92 people dressed up.

The fireworks display which was provided by a new company this year, Fuse Fireworks, marked a spectacular end to a fantastic weekend.

Mr Greer added: “It has been a brilliant weekend, everything we planned went well. A special thank you to the collectors, so far we have counted over £1,600, with buckets still left to be counted.

“I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals, who not only help us out over the weekend, but all year around.

“A special thanks must be made to Fairy Godmothers who provided Miss Regatta with a beautiful dress and a thank you to the beautiful Miss Regatta Dionne Hewison herself. Finally I would like to thank the public for supporting us in this very important community event.

“Everything that was planned was very good, but to name a few some of the highlights were definitely Red Arrows, the two helicopters and the fireworks.

“It has been one of the best.”

Money regatta collects and makes over the weekend is all put back into the system to pay for next year’s events – the regatta makes no profit from the event.