Last ditch bid to get sponsor to bring Red Arrows to the regatta

w1432111d 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
w1432111d 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

The organisers of Whitby Regatta are making a last ditch attempt to raise the readies and bring the hugely popular Red Arrows back to this year’s event.

Sponsorship is being sought from a national supermarket chain for the full cost of staging the spectacular air display - which is one of the highlights and biggest crowd pullers of the event.

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Whitby Regatta 2013 - Sunday''Ivor Greer''w133306kk

However, it is also one of the biggest costs at over £11,000 and had to be paid for last year out of the regatta’s reserve funds.

Chairman Ivor Greer had warned that the Red Arrows wouldn’t be getting off the ground in Whitby this year but it is hoped money can be raised from the supermarket chain.

He said: “If the funding is not there we will not be able to keep funding them ourselves from the reserves.”

York Potash has pledged to fund the Red Arrows’ appearance at the regatta for three years but with a decision on the mine project being delayed again, the firm said it couldn’t commit the funding.

At a meeting last Thursday at the Conservative Club, the regatta committee said it had three options.

Tim Fenton said: “The only way I see it, we have three options. One is to save face with the Team and make a decision to withdraw our bid now as we can’t afford another £12,000 from our reserve.

“Second, we try to do a piecemeal project and raise sponsorship around the town but that will take time.

“Or do we go for broke and get a sponsorship for the full amount. I am targeting one brand and the amount of £12,000 is probably just a second of their Christmas advert.”

A letter is being sent to the marketing director in London.

It is thought there is a good chance of Whitby Regatta’s bid to bag the Arrows being approved as there are no other displays on that day.

The display is expected to be around 5.30pm to keep people in town and providide business for cafes, pubs and restaurants.