Falmouth secures Red Arrows future

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L-R: Pete Fraser (Harbour Lights), Ben Young (Greenbank Hotel), Richard Wilcox (Famouth BID), Richard Gates (Falmouth Town Council), Mike Carr (Pendennis), Tim Light (Fal River Cornwall), Mark Williams (Falmouth Town Council)

The Falmouth Town Team has secured agreements that will provide funding for the Red Arrows in place for at least the next three years.

Falmouth Town Council and the Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) working together, have spearheaded an innovative partner agreement with several key Falmouth organisations to enable the aerobatic display that has attracted thousands of people to the town over the past seven years, to continue.

A new three-year arrangement will see Falmouth Town Council, the Falmouth BID, Falmouth University, Pendennis Shipyard, Greenbank Hotel, Fal River Cornwall and Harbour Lights Café collectively fund the display.

Such a partner-led approach ensures the financial outlay is spread between partners rather than being the responsibility of any one, single organisation.

Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager, said: “This is brilliant news for the town. It is a privilege to host the Red Arrows display as part of Falmouth Week but of course they require a significant investment locally in terms of safety planning, volunteer activity and financial input each year.

“Exciting events or much-needed town services can only be secured if we work proactively as a team and this new three-year agreement is a superb example of that approach in action. Having a range of organisations actively engaged in the process is a stand-out example for Cornwall and one that Falmouth Town Council is committed to support.”