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Hopes for Arrows show despite rain forecast

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: August 25, 2009

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HOPES are high the famed Red Arrows display team will be flying at the Torquay regatta tomorrow, despite a poor weather alert.

Forecasters are warning of heavy rain and strong winds all day tomorrow over the South West as the remnants of a tropical storm moves in off the Atlantic.

However, organisers of the Torbay Royal Regatta say the 6pm display is more likely to be affected by low cloud rather than wind or rain.

Regatta secretary Debbie Selley said: "The Red Arrows will take the decision whether to fly or not at around 4.30pm. They leave it to the last possible moment with the intention that they will fly.

"The deciding factor is cloud base rather than wind or rain. If it is less than 500ft they won't fly.

"However the regatta has always been lucky with the weather and we are extremely optimistic and we expect the Red Arrows will be flying."

She said the regatta is covered by insurance if the flight is cancelled as there is no refund.

The display is one of the highlights of the regatta with a collection bringing in around £3,500.

Mrs Selley said: "We will have to renegotiate with the team to see if they will return next year, but the fliers say they love coming here."

Torbay weatherman Ernest Freed said: "We are never as bad as it is indicated nationally but for tomorrow it will be very difficult to give a definitive statement.

"I would give it 60:40 against the cloud level interfering with the display but no less than that."

A Red Arrows spokesman said: "The team are planning to go ahead with the display. There is no change but obviously weather conditions change and that could alter plans."

TO see the Red Arrows in action over Dawlish during the recent carnival air display, visit our website at www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/media

The video also features the thrilling display by the Vulcan V-bomber.

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    Roadie John, Torquay  |  August 26 2009, 8:28PM

    I don't know if I was seeing things but at 6pm today (Wed) I saw a bunch of red aircraft which had the uncanny resemblance of the Red Arrows. So, are they flying twice? Both today & tomorrow, or did the Herald get the dates wrong?

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    Reg Atta, The Sea Front  |  August 26 2009, 8:23AM

    Has Ernest Freed got any predictions for Dartmouth on Friday?

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    Andy, Torquay  |  August 25 2009, 4:35PM

    Let's home they don't change the time and not update their website like the muppets (Paignton Regatta) did over in Paignton for the Red Devils airshow!

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    Fairy Queen, Torbay  |  August 25 2009, 3:51PM

    Keep up Diane Torquay, the decision as to whether the display goes ahead is at 4.30pm the display is at 6pm

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    Diane, Torquay  |  August 25 2009, 2:21PM

    4.30pm? A lot of people, including me, will still be at work. Shame, I will miss it! 6pm would have been fine.

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    John Hunter, Torquay  |  August 25 2009, 1:11PM

    im grateful tothe herald express as i missed the airshow,and was delighted to see the vulcan in the air again.

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