Islands’ Regatta organiser Zoe Parry has said last weekend’s event brought “lots of money” into the islands.

She revealed that business owners have been stopping her in the street and saying they took more money than they did at Gig Weekend, traditionally the busiest weekend of the year.


The Islands’ Partnership Events Manager told Radio Scilly: “There wasn’t a bed to be had on the islands so it really did work from that perspective. It did what it was meant to do, it achieved all of our outcomes and most of all people loved it and had a fantastic weekend.”


The Regatta was paid for by the National Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund, which encourages the economic development of UK coastal areas.


Zoe explained: “We were given a pot of money to put on new events this year, to attract new visitors to the islands. Hence the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun, which was paid for by the Fund, the Isles of Scilly Festival, Taste of Scilly and of course the Islands’ Regatta.”


She said that the Regatta will hopefully return in two years’ time, giving the IP a chance to look for a sponsor and apply for funding for different aspects.


The plan is to hold an event each year to celebrate the August Bank Holiday, continuing with a music festival in 2017.

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