Cornwall

Fowey's annual regatta welcomes Red Arrows

Action on the water in Fowey
Image caption The Royal Regatta attracts thousands of visitors to Fowey

Thousands of people are visiting the Cornish resort of Fowey ahead of a display from the Red Arrows later.

The flight will be part of the annual Fowey Royal Regatta which is running until Saturday.

The event has a long history which has seen visitors including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II.

The sailing performances include an appearance by the Troys, a class of sailing boat which is built exclusively in Fowey.

Image caption Boats all of sizes take part in various races throughout the week

They were designed in the 1920s specifically for racing in Fowey harbour.

Other events during the regatta include children's story time, a pasty-eating competition and live music each day and night.

Image caption Locals and holiday makers experience a mixture of events on the water and around Fowey

A giant pasty ceremony also takes place, in which the pasty arrives by boat from nearby Polruan.

Tania Daniel, who runs Brown Sugar, a cafe in Fowey, said: "It's our busiest time of the year. On Red Arrows days we've usually got queues out of the door. This is our ninth Red Arrows day."

Organisers said the weeklong event costs in the region of £30,000 and is funded through sponsorship, selling souvenirs and, mainly, by street collections.

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