Red Arrows confirm Regatta appearance

w073304h The Red Arrows display for Whitby Regatta weekend, in 2007. Photo by Doug Jackson
w073304h The Red Arrows display for Whitby Regatta weekend, in 2007. Photo by Doug Jackson

The Red Arrows will take to the skies over Whitby Regatta this year, it has been confirmed.

An official letter has been sent to the committee, confirming that the spectacular air display team will be taking to the skies of Whitby.

The Gazette revealed last month that the Red Arrows had pencilled Whitby Regatta into their 2014 schedule.

The thousands of people who attend the Regatta missed out on the show last year because funding issues meant they couldn’t be booked.

Regatta chairman Ivor Greer, said: “Yes, they are coming. We have had the official letter and it is confirmed that they will display on the Sunday.

“We are pleased that we have managed to secure them for this year.

“It is going to be the highlight of the show along with some of the other new things we have planned.

And entries for Whitby girls hoping to be crowned this year’s Miss Regatta are already coming in - five months before the big weekend.

The Gazette is running a campaign to help find this year’s Miss Regatta, who will play a key role in the event.

She will present prizes at the annual bonny baby, glamorous granny and rowing competitions and take pride of place during the fancy dress parade through the town.

Sally Landers is collating the entries and says it is great to have interest so early in the year.

Two have been submitted this week from proud grandparents, putting 17 year-old Whitby girls Leah Hunter and Amber Nattris in the running.

Sally said: “They have both been nominated by someone else but know about it and would be excited to do it. They have both never entered before which is nice as well.

“It is great to get new people interested and it is good to get them in early.

“If we get quite a few entries then that is great - it is looking like we will have to take a full night out for the interviews this year.”