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Show will go on in Dartmouth

Dartmouth’s royal regatta is much more than just a rowing and sailing event, regatta committee vice chairman Jonathan Hawkins has declared.
And regatta bosses are already planning another high-flying regatta extravanganza, despite some complaints about the number of air displays involved in the huge event this year.
‘Some members felt that there were too many air displays. The issue was discussed and voted upon and the view was that we asked Jason Aylett to book the air displays for 2013,’ said Mr Hawkins.
And that will include the Red Arrows and the Blades which wowed the crowds this year.
Mr Hawkins was speaking following the annual regatta ‘wash up’ meeting which takes place in the wake of each year’s event.
The committee is still waiting for the final cash count up to see whether this year’s regatta has put the event in the black.
Last year’s regatta made a £11,000 profit following two years of £12,000 a time losses.
‘We are very hopeful that we will do better than break even,’ said Mr Hawkins.
This year’s regatta saw the crowd pulling Red Arrows in action over Dartmouth and a display by the Blades aerobatics team.

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