Whitby Regatta postponed - although rowing may still take place

This year's Whitby Regatta will not take place.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 9:01 am
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 9:02 am
Fireworks finale at Whitby Regatta.

Organisers decided to postpone the three-day carnival to August 21 to 23, 2021.

It is the first time since the Second World War that the regatta will not have been held.

They said: "We have reached this difficult but unavoidable conclusion for public health and safety reasons and it embraces all the activities normally held on the West Cliff and East Pier, including the market, funfair, fireworks, parade, Miss Regatta, baby show, glamorous granny, and all the other competitions usually held on Crescent Gardens and Spa Green."

Miss Regatta Helena Graham.

"It may, however, still be possible to run the rowing races, dependent on the Government and public health policy in respect of mass gatherings and social distancing and for this reason, the rowing season would be extended into September.

"Subject to future Government notification of any relaxations and when life returns closer to normality, it is intended, if viable, to organise a community event for the town with other organisations.

"Meanwile, I am sure you will wish to join us in our sympathies for all those grieving and suffering as a result of COVID-19.

"We offer heartfelt thanks to our wonderful NHS staff, key workers, supermarket staff and volunteers for all their selfless dedication."

This year's regatta would have taken place over August 15 to 17.