Red Arrows return to regatta
THE 199th Torbay Royal Regatta will be welcoming back Britain's best loved aerobatics team.
The display by the Red Arrows is one of the highlights of this year's event which will take place between Saturday, August 25, and Wednesday August 29.
The Arrows have not appeared in Torquay since 2009. In 2010 the atrocious weather prevented the display. In 2011, the tragic crash in which Flt Lt John Egging in the crash at Bournemouth meant the display was cancelled.
David Selley, chairman of the Torbay Royal Regatta Committee said: "We are thrilled. Again, local hoteliers and businesses have contributed to help keep the Arrows flying over Torbay. We are totally reliant on donations and the bucket collections so please give generously."
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The Red Arrow display is always the finale to the week and enjoyed by thousands all over the Bay.
Regatta action on the water will be filmed for TV when a team from The Hotel — The Grovesnor in Belgrave Road — enters the new pub and club regatta rowing for non-rowers on Bank Holiday Monday.
They will start from 5pm off Haldon Pier.
Anderton & Rowland Fair will be on Torre Abbey Meadows and will be operating for the whole of the regatta.
Torbay Week will be providing lots of good racing for a wide variety of sailing vessels and the West of England Rowing Championships starts on Saturday August 25 at Hollicombe Park and beach. Racing starts at 10.30am.
On Sunday, August 26, at 6pm you can see the start of this year's 10K Road Races from Princess Gardens.
At 9.30pm, on Monday, August 27, the largest firework display in the South West sets the skies ablaze above the Corbyn Head on the seafront. In keeping with the mood of patriotism created by the year's two biggest events, organisers of the 2012 Royal Regatta fireworks display are promising to turn the air red, white and blue, with a finale worthy of Olympic gold.
The fireworks display team will be led by Paignton resident Tony Smith. Wife Jackie will be on hand while they are setting up at Corbyn Head with a portable barbecue.