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3rd July 2015 - Press Release

Port of Dover Community Regatta - change of date

The Port of Dover's commitment to delivering a bigger, better and successful event for Dover has led it, in consultation with its partners, to take the positive decision to change the date of the Port of Dover Community Regatta, moving it to the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Taking place along Dover’s award-winning esplanade, this year’s event will now take place on Sunday, 30th August.

Due to the addition of the significant current and ongoing challenges in Calais and their effect on Dover, mixed with the already anticipated impact of government-imposed exit checks and the busy start of the summer get-away, the Port does not want the thousands of people who will be coming to enjoy the Regatta to be caught up in, or adding to, a challenging transport situation for Dover.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “Our main and genuine concern is the safety and welfare of our community and visitors wanting to enjoy a great day out in Dover.  We have therefore looked at a later date when we know historically freight traffic is lighter as well as giving more time for the current situation to settle down.”

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader, Dover District Council said: “Given the fluid situation in Calais and the potential for more disruption, it makes sense to err on the side of caution.  We’re pleased that the Port is considering the impact on the local community.  We look forward to hearing more about the Port’s plans to expand the Regatta on 30 August.”

The Mayor of Dover, Councillor Christopher J Precious, said: “It was obviously regrettable that the date for Dover’s biggest summer event has had to be changed but we all understand the reasons why and hope that everyone will come and show their support on the 30th August 2015, which promises to be a very spectacular day and evening.”

The Port is currently exploring options for enhancing the August event in order to ensure that it provides an even better spectacle for the people of Dover.

For all enquiries related to the Port of Dover Community Regatta, pleas email Alyson.hudson@doverport.co.uk

ENDS

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