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Red Arrows cancel Aerial Acrobatic Display but still head to Dartmouth

The Red Arrows have cancelled their aerial acrobatic display at the Dartmouth Regatta - but are still promising to do flypasts. Changes to Civil Aviation Authority regulations have forced the Red Arrows to re-think their plans. The flypasts will take place at around 6.15pm this evening.

The Red Arrows in the skies above Gloucestershire Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Royal Naval ship turns up for Royal Regatta

The Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2015 has opened in style - with the Type 23 Frigate HMS Monmouth, known as The Black Duke, acting as the official guard ship.

Here's 40" to get you in the mood for the colourful event which lasts until Saturday.

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Big crowds turn out on day one of Dartmouth's regatta

It's day one of Dartmouth's annual regatta and the event is already attracting big crowds. Today most of the fun is on land and on the water - with air displays taking place tomorrow and Saturday.

Big crowds for day one of the Dartmouth Regatta Credit: ITV News
One of the spectacular sights at Dartmouth's Regatta Credit: ITV News

Dartmouth Regatta gets underway with alterations to its air show

The air display will go ahead with some alterations Credit: ITV News

The Dartmouth Royal Regatta is getting underway today with alterations to its schedule in the wake of the Shoreham plane disaster.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has banned vintage jets from carrying out high-energy acrobatics over land, following the deadly crash in West Sussex.

The regatta will go ahead with its air display, but the routine of a Strikemaster jet has been amended.

A spokesman for the show said: "We have spoken to the pilot. Because (the CAA) are classing Dartmouth as over land he cannot perform high-energy manoeuvres.

"He's going to slow everything down and not do any acrobatics. We're very happy to comply with any restrictions the Civil Aviation Authority put in after the horrific accident. Until we find out more I think verging on the side of caution is very fair."

Dartmouth Regatta gets underway - with restrictions

Dartmouth is packed with boats ready for its annual regatta Credit: ITV News

It's the opening day of the Dartmouth Royal Regatta. Thousands will take part in competitions on the water.

But the schedule for the air displays has had to be altered after the introduction of new restrictions following the Shoreham plane crash. The Civil Aviation Authority has banned vintage jets from carrying out high energy acrobatics.

PICTURES: A day at Dartmouth Regatta

Our reporter Bob Cruwys has spent the day at Dartmouth Royal Regatta, looking at all the organisation behind such a popular event, with so many boats, competitors and tourists involved.

He took a few photos along the way:

HMS Chiddingfold sweeps into Dartmouth to take on her role as guardship for the Royal Regatta Credit: ITV News West Country
Navigating the River Dart is no problem for the crew of the Royal Navy mine hunter Credit: ITV News West Country
The landscape around the River Dart provides an amazing setting for the regatta Credit: ITV News West Country
The crew stand to attention as they arrive at the Devon port Credit: ITV News West Country
The picturesque port plays host to the regatta every year - it runs until Saturday Credit: ITV News West Country
One of the local inhabitants - Nik-Nik the resident dolphin - also turned up to join in the fun Credit: ITV News West Country

If you'd like to share your photos of Dartmouth Royal Regatta - we'd love to see them.

You can email them to westcountry@itv.com

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Dartmouth Royal Regatta opens: full report

Dartmouth’s 190th Royal Regatta opened today.

The Regatta is based around a schedule of rowing and sailing events, but also incorporates a busy programme of activities including air displays, fireworks, a large fair, and many other smaller events that happen in and around the town centre.

Nearly 100,000 people visit Dartmouth during the Regatta period, making making it one of the largest public events in the South West.

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