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16th March 2015 - Press Release

More sparkle promised at this year's Port of Dover Community Regatta

We promised you a bigger and better event last year and our commitment to deliver even more for Dover continues this year with the addition of a new evening event for the Port of Dover Community Regatta, culminating in a grand fireworks finale over the harbour!

Taking place along Dover’s award-winning esplanade, this year’s event will take place on Saturday, 25 July. Now in its third year, the Port of Dover Community Regatta is facilitated by the Port of Dover. The Port is extremely grateful for the continued support of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and is delighted that Dover Town Council has also come on board to work with the Port and its partners for the benefit of the local community.

During the day, the free family Regatta will feature the popular Dover District Community Safety Day, an impressive classic car display, a new bike show, an entertainment stage throughout the day, family activities along the whole of the seafront and on the water, and a spectacular aerobatic display by the world renowned Blades.

The evening event, in association with Dover Town Council, will provide a wide range of entertainment both on the stage and along the promenade with details to follow over the next few months. The fireworks, sponsored by local Dover restaurant Cullins Yard, will close the Regatta in style and light up our beautiful harbour.

Allison Burton, Town Clerk, Dover Town Council, said: “Dover Town Council is very happy to provide the evening entertainment building up to the firework finale of the Dover Regatta, one of the most important events in the town’s summer programme.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover said: “Last year’s event was a great day for Dover and the reality behind our vision of bringing the Port and its community together to celebrate a shared maritime heritage.   The Port of Dover Community Regatta is now a flagship event for Dover and we are committed, along with our partners, to putting on an even bigger and better event that help make Dover the place to visit, live, work and enjoy.

“It is a case of working hard to keep the traffic, Dover and the UK economy moving so that we can also enjoy our fantastic seafront together and celebrate the Port’s place at the heart of the community. We look forward to seeing you!”

Back by popular demand will be the ‘Dover Port Dash’ tournament, which will see teams race across the harbour in ‘Thames Cutters’ pitting their wits against the waves and challenging their fitness in a bid to raise money for two local charities, the RNLI and a community-elected charity, soon to be revealed.

There are places for 14 adult mixed teams and 14 junior mixed crews. Teams will comprise six rowers plus a cox.  Entry will be free to the junior teams.  So the call is well and truly out to all aspiring Dashers, to get their teams together, get practicing and get set to join in all the fun!

Nadeem Aziz, Chairman of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Chief Executive of Dover District Council said: "The Port of Dover Community Regatta promises to be a great day out for the family, and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase to the community what we are all doing to make our district an even safer place to live, work and visit."

Further event details are to be announced in due course but in the meantime please register your interest in taking part in the Dover Port Dash by emailing Alyson Hudson at PODCommunityRegatta@doverport.co.uk, visiting our Facebook page or tweeting us on Twitter.


Issued by Port of Dover  on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

Notes to Editors

  • The Port of Dover Community Regatta is facilitated by the Port of Dover and is supported by Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Dover Town Council.
  • 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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