Work steps up to make this year's Whitby Regatta better than ever

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Preparations are stepping up to make this year’s Whitby Regatta better than ever.

And there will be a high flying boost, with the world-famous Red Arrows display team booked in to dazzle the crowds.

Ivor Greer, Regatta chairman, said the arrows will “definitely give us a big boost” and extended his thanks to Sirius Minerals, who are paying several thousand pounds to bring the team to town.

Some slight changes are also planned for the big event of the year, including the popular greasy pole competition, where new rules will prevent competitors sliding along the pole, in a bid to prolong the event.

The Royal Hotel will once again form the Regatta HQ, as it has done for the past two years. Regatta secretary Ian Winspear extended his thanks to the venue for their support : “We asked a lot of them and they bend over backwards for us,” he said.

The search is now on to find this year’s Miss Regatta and entries are now open for the prestigious role. An event will be held at Whitby Yacht Club later this year to meet and chat with organisers to choose this year’s representative. It is one of the town’s oldest traditions.

To enter contact Sally Landers via email: sally.landers@travelcounsellors.com.

Anyone who is a tech whizz is invited to get in touch with the Regatta organisers to help them plan and produce a presentation for the rowing awards ceremony.

Meanwhile, volunteers are also needed to help make Regatta a fun and safe weekend.

Training for volunteers will be provided and you can opt to do just half a day or more.

If you are over 16 and would like to be a Regatta marshal, email whitbyregatta@live.co.uk or ring the Regatta secretary on 07827452753 for more details.

Regatta takes place this year from August 10 to 13, visit www.whitbyregatta.co.uk for more details.