Visitors to this year’s Dartmouth Royal Regatta will be delighted to hear that, contrary to recent rumours in the local and national press, the Red Arrows will be making an appearance.
There were health and safety concerns over buildings damaged by a fire in the town back in May 2010. However, the arrival of scaffolding has secured the buildings effectively, and Visit South Devon has confirmed that the Red Arrows display is scheduled for 27 August.
Sarah Streeter from Visit South Devon said: “The Dartmouth Regatta is one of the biggest South Devon events of the year drawing in over 50,000 people including a huge amount of tourists. The Red Arrows are an integral part of the celebrations and a huge draw for tourists – we certainly don’t want people thinking they aren’t coming this year”
Jim Bent, Chairman of the Regatta committee, said “We are extremely disappointed that these rumours have got into the press. The airshow is the highlight of the Regatta and if the buildings were in any danger we would have to review the whole programme – not just the Red Arrows”
The first Recorded Regatta in Dartmouth was in 1822. There were three sailing races, one six-oared gig race, and a military band played out at the Dartmouth Castle and 120 attended a ball.
In 1856 the event became a Royal Regatta when an unscheduled visit by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales came into Dartmouth because of bad weather in a flotilla of nine boats, the day before the scheduled Regatta.
This year’s Dartmouth Royal Regatta starts on 26 August – for full details of all the activities taking place visit: www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk