Cornwall

Fowey's annual regatta welcomes Red Arrows

Red Arrows Image copyright James Churchfield
Image caption The Red Arrows performed a display above Fowey

Thousands of people have visited the Cornish resort of Fowey for a display from the Red Arrows.

The flight was 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.

Organisers estimated about 40,000 people flocked to the town and surrounding area to watch the spectacle.

Image copyright James Churchfield
Image caption The Red Arrows display was part of Fowey's Royal Regatta
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 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."

Image caption The Royal Regatta attracts thousands of visitors to Fowey

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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