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Red Arrows return to regatta

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 16, 2012

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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."

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.

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  • Chunder123  |  August 18 2012, 9:00AM

    thats a ufo

  • Nippie  |  August 17 2012, 8:33PM

    Thanks sparro, I shall look forward to it!

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  August 17 2012, 6:12PM

    Sparro said, "For Nippie: Wednesday 29th August 1800-1830 hours" My watch only goes up to 12.

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  • sparro  |  August 17 2012, 10:21AM

    For Nippie: Wednesday 29th August 1800-1830 hours

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  • Nippie  |  August 17 2012, 10:01AM

    Please someone tell us the date and time of the "Arrows"

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  • gue5ty1233  |  August 16 2012, 11:27PM

    Happy to watch fireworks also.

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  • SmartyC  |  August 16 2012, 11:36AM

    @jamespeech. If you find seven jets flying sometimes as low as 100 feet, going head to head at a closing speed of 300mph and carving perfect synchonised 5g turns "boring", then you must be a very dull individual indeed. :) I suggest you stick to your daytime TV, your Playstation, and your trolling of Internet web sites, far more "exciting" for you I'm sure ;)

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  • Jamespeech  |  August 16 2012, 10:56AM

    Boring and Dull red arrows. They do they same old boring routines that they have been doing the past 30 years. Lets hope it rains :-)

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  • SmartyC  |  August 16 2012, 9:41AM

    Would have been quite handy if the HE had actually put the time and date of the display in the article about them...

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  • SmartyC  |  August 16 2012, 9:38AM

    Fantastic news, can't wait to see them again!

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