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Regatta needs YOU

By Natasha Swift 14th June 2017

Regatta needs YOU
BACK AGAIN: The Red Arrows are returning this year

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help the Red Arrows fly over Fowey once again this summer after a three year absence.

In March Fowey Harbour Commissioners revealed one of the world’s premier display teams would be making a come back in August after a three year absence.

Last year the Voice revealed the Red Arrows would not be flying over the town for the first time in 30 years as part of Fowey Royal Regatta Week due to new safety rules.

The news was not only met by disappointment from the thousands of people who flock to Fowey each year to see the display by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, but also hit the town’s footfall hard.

Fowey Regatta Committee said the issue of safety had been raised when the 2015 Red Arrows display was cancelled due to bad weather and a Military Aviation Audit said the display line along the river was not wide enough for a safety margin.

But hopes were revived for the return of the Red Arrows in December when harbour master at Fowey captain Paul Thomas met with the Red Arrows in London where plans to create a brand new display were discussed.

Speaking to the Voice last year Captain Thomas said the event would be done in a new format which could see it moved to the entrance of the harbour to ensure it complies with new safety regulations and goes ahead next year.

The RAF has confirmed the Red Arrows will be returning to the skies above Fowey on Thursday, August 17 at 6pm.

Now a Crowdfunder page has been set up where people can donate towards the £25,000 cost of seeing the skies turn red, white and blue once again.

Captain Thomas said: “Sadly in 2014 the display was discontinued due to new safety regulations and the impact on the Regatta week was massive. Its loss was felt throughout the area.  

“In 2016 the Harbour Commissioners stepped up and offered the services of the Harbour Master and his small team to work to bring back the display.  

“This has succeeded and a new style display which conforms to the safety rules is planned for 2017.

“We are appealing for your help to fund the display which will cost in the region of £25,000. We welcome the support of local business and the general public. You can make a donation to our crowd funding appeal.

“We appreciate that the display is in a different format with new traffic and safety arrangements and this, being the first year, will be testing of the management that has been put in place. Please adhere to the various controls, they are there for your safety and most of all, be patient, plan your day and above all, enjoy the display.”

Volunteers are also needed to assist in the marshalling of the event.

To make a donation visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fowey-red-arrows-display

Anyone who is able to help should contact Laura on laura@mackerelskyevents.co.uk or call 01872 888089.

By Natasha Swift 14th June 2017

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