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Gravesend Regatta future secured for three years

PUBLISHED: 13:27 30 May 2012

The Regatta has secured funding for three years

The Regatta has secured funding for three years

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The Gravesend Regatta has secured its future for at least three years after scooping a £6,000 grant.

The regatta committee, which manages the event, has struggled to cope financially after the decline of membership levels in recent years.

Charitable trust Colyer-Fergusson donated the cash which will help meet the insurance and rent costs.

“The grant makes us feel really good because before it was like a stone round our necks,” said committee chairman Ian Stevenson, 59.

Thousands are expected for Town Regatta on June 9 and the money raised from ticket sales will cover event costs such as race prizes.

Now the funding is secured, Mr Stevenson would like to attract new young members to the committee.

He added: “There are some people who have lived here for years and do not even know that we have a promenade.”

The Jubilee is Mr Stevenson’s 40th year involved with the committee and he is appealing for anyone interested in helping out with future events to contact him.

“I hope that this news may encourage more volunteers to come forward to join the committee knowing that funding is no longer a concern,” he said.

For more information about Gravesend Regatta Committee call 01474 535022.

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