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Bumper year for Falmouth Week: FULL STORY + PICTURES
9:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
Henri-Lloyd Falmouth Week may be over for another year, but the memory of it will linger for many as thousands of people flocked to the town to enjoy the host of activities and entertainment laid on both on and off the water.
The one disappointment of the week was the last minute cancellation of the Red Arrows on Wednesday evening, but as town manager Richard Gates said: “Although it is a key highlight of the week, it is only 20 minutes and there was so much else going on.”
The Red Arrows' display had been sponsored by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. Their chairman, Dave Ellis, said: “We hope that the loss that we have incurred as a result of the Red Arrows’ cancellation is outweighed by the fantastic atmosphere and increased footfall in the town last night and the fact that so many people stayed on in Falmouth to enjoy the other events going on as part of Falmouth Week.
“We of course shared the community's disappointment when we learnt that the Red Arrows weren't going to be able to perform. We completely appreciate that the decision was made on the grounds of safety due to the low level cloud.”
Crowds who had gathered on Custom House Quay in anticipation of the air display were kept entertained, though, with the RNLI's Limpet Games which included a water polo tournament featuring teams from the RNLI, Falmouth Fire Station, Falmouth Rugby Club and Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club.
The ten day festival has been hailed a huge success with the sailing, day-time activities and party nights attracting thousands of people to the town.
Mr Gates, who is chairman of the shoreside committee, said: "It was absolutely fantastic, I am very very pleased with the way it went. We have some really positive feedback.
“We always work hard to even up the paid for events with the free activities so there is something for all to enjoy.
“That has been of major importance over the last couple of years and has improved year on year. A lot of people are looking forward to next year already.”
The party nights at Events Square are always a huge draw, bringing in thousands of people across the week, many of whom raid the dressing up hamper and turn up in fancy dress.
Tim Vigus, director, South West Bars and Events, who organised the nights, said: “Falmouth Week 2013 has been a bumper year all round and we are delighted to have welcomed nearly 8,000 people to the marquee.
“We have seen an increase in holiday makers this year which indicates that Falmouth Week as a whole is really putting the town on the map as a premier UK tourist destination, which is fantastic news and testament to the year-round hard work that Richard Gates and his team put in, as well as our own marketing team.
“The crowds this year, in my opinion, have been the best yet, you only have to look at the photos online and in the papers to see what a great time everyone has had and the efforts they went to with their costumes, which is what it's all about.
“With so many festivals popping up all over the region it's great to see that even after all these years Falmouth Week remains a staple in many calendars, and it's great to see so many new faces coming to Falmouth to check out what the fuss is all about.”
Work will start soon on planning next year's Henri-Lloyd Falmouth Week which will take place between August 8 and 17.
See the pictures below. For the Pirates of Kernow party pictures click here
Revellers at the Queen tribute.
RNLI lifeguards. Ready for the water polo matches.
These model fans were out supporting the RNLI.
Enjoying a trip on board the All Weather lifeboat.
Gylly SLSC members
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