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30th July 2014 - Press Release

Port of Dover Community Regatta-bigger and better event delivered for Dover



Thousands of people enjoyed it and thousands of pounds were raised on a day that saw a maritime celebration of Dover, its community and its Port complemented by exciting displays on land and in the air.

Officially opened by Admiral of the Fleet, the Lord Boyce, the day also featured a host of entertainment and over 40 stalls for people to explore.

Lord Boyce said: “I was delighted to open the second Port of Dover Community Regatta which brought the community of Dover together to celebrate its maritime heritage. Seeing the Port of Dover working with its partners in making the most of one of Dover’s best assets, its splendid seafront and harbour, for the benefit of its community was great to see. I am sure that everyone had a wonderful day in a wonderful place.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “What a fantastic day for Dover. We all shared in and saw the vision coming to life of a vibrant waterfront bringing everyone together.”

Alongside a stunning classic car display, dramatic demonstrations by the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, an RNLI sea rescue display and a host of different stalls lining the entire seafront, the day was rounded off in style by The Blades Aerobatic Display Team.

Mr Waggott added: “I am proud that the Port, together with its community partners delivered a great event for Dover. It is events such as these where we are all working together, that can help turn Dover into the great destination we know it can become.”

The Port of Dover sponsored Dover Port Dash charity races were back by popular demand, raising money for the Cinque Ports Pirates Sailing Club, a local voluntary organisation with charitable aims that works with children aged 8 to 18 in Dover Harbour to bring the skills and enjoyment of sailing to anyone and everyone.

Karen Amber, Cinque Ports Pirates, said: “I was delighted that we were chosen as this year’s charitable cause, even more so as we are so closely connected with the harbour which seems most fitting for the Port of Dover’s Community Regatta. The money raised will go a long way to providing even more opportunities for local young people to experience the enjoyment of sailing, bringing the local community and the Port ever close together”.

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Issued by Port of Dover Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 Ext. 4410 (from 8.30 – 17.00)

Note to Editors

  • The Port of Dover Community Regatta was facilitated by the Port of Dover and supported by Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Dover Sea Sports Centre.
  • The Blades are a leading display team of former Red Arrow pilots, renowned for their cutting-edge display and breath-taking aerobatics.

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