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Cowes Week fireworks get green light

Thu 17 May 2012

Cowes Week fireworks get green light

Individuals planning to book Isle of Wight holidays to attend the annual Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week sailing regatta will be able to see the iconic firework display.

It was announced a few months ago that the fireworks would not be taking place in 2012 as a result of a lack of funding.

But headline sponsor of the event Aberdeen Asset Management - which recently revealed it is to extend its deal with Cowes Week to 2015 - has stepped in to save the fireworks.

Chief executive officer of the firm Martin Gilbert explained the fireworks are one of the great traditions of the annual regatta, which draws thousands of people a year to the Isle of Wight.

"Aberdeen Asset Management, in partnership with a range of financial groups and other organisations, is proud to be playing a key role," he said.

Chief executive officer of Cowes Week Stuart Quarrie stated the organisation is "delighted" to be able to plan a fireworks display for the 2012 event.

"We are pleased to confirm that Cowes Week Limited is pledging to match any donations received from members of the public over the coming months," he said.

Any surplus funds will be set aside for the 2013 fireworks display, it was added in a statement.

The fireworks display will take place on the final night of the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week sailing regatta on August 17th after a full week of racing around the island, with the action getting started on the 11th.

Some of the world's top sailors will be heading on Isle of Wight holidays to take part in the event and among them is the triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie.

Champagne Lanson was recently revealed by the organisers of the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week to be the chosen official champagne of the regatta.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-801365778-ADNFCR

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