Go along to enjoy the fun at Weymouth's kite festival today

Dorset Echo: FUN: Pam Nixon and Mayor Ray Banham FUN: Pam Nixon and Mayor Ray Banham

THOUSANDS of people descended onto Weymouth Beach at the weekend as the UK’s largest beach kite festival took place.

The Weymouth Kite Festival, organised for the first time by the Community Kite Group, started on Saturday with some informal flying.

It was officially opened by Mayor and Mayoress of Weymouth and Portland Ray Banham and Pam Nixon yesterday and continues again today, finishing with a presentation of trophies at 4.45pm.

Professional kite flyers have been testing the wind with their kites throughout the festival.

Despite a drop in the wind yesterday morning, Michael McManus, director of the Community Kite Group, said he was pleased with the event so far.

Mr McManus led a group to keep the festival going after Weymouth and Portland Borough Council withdrew financial support. He said: “The crowds are starting to turn up. It is raffle tickets and programmes we need people to buy now.”

Mr McManus urged people to come and witness the festival’s last day of action. He said: “There’s so much going on.”

Today’s events include a number of displays using different kite models. There will also be kite-making workshops. A fairground is on the Pavilion forecourt whilst an international food village nearby features delicacies from across the world.

Tim Rohn, 60, a member of the Solent Kite Flyers, took part in Sunday’s Trick-Out category.

Tim said: “It’s an ideal place for a festival.”

Brian Smith, 74, travelled down from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, for the festival, with other members of the White Horse Kite Flyers. He said: “We’ve been coming here for 10 years. We are just happy to be here to be honest. It’s the beginning of the summer and we just like coming to Weymouth.”

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8:33am Mon 5 May 14

MrTomSmith says...

Very well organised just one criticism though, the Food Stalls were in a poor location, also no seats in that area, give the vendors a chance. Apart from that really well done for keeping the Festival going.
Very well organised just one criticism though, the Food Stalls were in a poor location, also no seats in that area, give the vendors a chance. Apart from that really well done for keeping the Festival going. MrTomSmith
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2:20pm Mon 5 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Echo says......THOUSANDS of people descended onto Weymouth Beach
Where did these people descend from (:o))
Echo says......THOUSANDS of people descended onto Weymouth Beach Where did these people descend from (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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7:09pm Mon 5 May 14

Wykewize says...

I was there today and there were fewer people , fewer stalls , fewer kites flying than previous years, but thank goodness the festival was saved by goodwill and hardwork of local people! Here's to an even better year next year. and ya boo sucks to the council!
I was there today and there were fewer people , fewer stalls , fewer kites flying than previous years, but thank goodness the festival was saved by goodwill and hardwork of local people! Here's to an even better year next year. and ya boo sucks to the council! Wykewize
  • Score: 2

9:49am Tue 6 May 14

peskykat says...

Congratulations to all involved - big event to pull off , Well done .
Congratulations to all involved - big event to pull off , Well done . peskykat
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