‘Superb’ festival blessed with perfect kite flying weather

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:27 08 August 2018

A sky full of kites. Picture: Malcolm Pressey

A sky full of kites. Picture: Malcolm Pressey

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A wonderful array of kites filled the sky over Exmouth at the weekend as bumper crowds turned out for the 10th annual kite festival.

The battle. Picture: Brenda Hare.The battle. Picture: Brenda Hare.

Warmer weather meant an even larger crowd than usual descended on the Imperial Recreation Ground for Exmouth and District Rotary Club’s traditional summer time event.

To mark the 10th anniversary, a public vote was held to decide which good causes benefited from the festival; the causes chosen were Children’s Hospice South West, Millwater School and Exmouth Swimming and Lifesaving Society. More than 2,000 votes were cast.

As well as the usual aerial displays by professional kite flyers, there was a range of other activities including a children’s marquee, vintage car and steam engine shows, fairground stalls and refreshments.

There was also a kite battle for the first time ever in the event’s history accompanied by music from Japanese drumming band Taiko Journey.

Lost kite found but wet feet. Picture: Malcolm PresseyLost kite found but wet feet. Picture: Malcolm Pressey

Rotarian Frank Hart-Venn, the Kite Festival’s committee chairman, said that ‘every aspect of the event was superb’.

Lost his kite in the battle. Picture: Malcolm PresseyLost his kite in the battle. Picture: Malcolm Pressey

Linda Wilson Rotary President, Mayor Jeff Trail, Ashley Heal and Frank Hart-Venn Festival Chairman. Picture: Malcolm Pressey.Linda Wilson Rotary President, Mayor Jeff Trail, Ashley Heal and Frank Hart-Venn Festival Chairman. Picture: Malcolm Pressey.

Kia Motors and Taiko Journey ready for battle. Picture: Malcolm PresseyKia Motors and Taiko Journey ready for battle. Picture: Malcolm Pressey

Hot weather and ice cream. Picture: Malcolm PresseyHot weather and ice cream. Picture: Malcolm Pressey

Crowds enjoying the kite festival. Picture: Malcolm PresseyCrowds enjoying the kite festival. Picture: Malcolm Pressey

A new kite for Exmouth. Picture: Malcolm PresseyA new kite for Exmouth. Picture: Malcolm Pressey

Taiko Journey with kite backdrop. Picture: John Wokersien.Taiko Journey with kite backdrop. Picture: John Wokersien.

Lobster kite. Picture: John WokersienLobster kite. Picture: John Wokersien

The childrens' marquee. Picture: Frank Hart-VennThe childrens' marquee. Picture: Frank Hart-Venn

Taiko Drummers and the sky full of kites. Picture: Frank Hart-VennTaiko Drummers and the sky full of kites. Picture: Frank Hart-Venn

The crowd enjoying the battle and the rhythm of the drums. Picture: Brenda HareThe crowd enjoying the battle and the rhythm of the drums. Picture: Brenda Hare

Taiko Journey Drumming to the Kite Battle. Picture: Brenda HareTaiko Journey Drumming to the Kite Battle. Picture: Brenda Hare

Kites galore. Picture: Brenda HareKites galore. Picture: Brenda Hare

Exmouth Kite Festival 2018. Picture: Brenda Hare.Exmouth Kite Festival 2018. Picture: Brenda Hare.

Lobsters straight from the Exe. Picture: Brenda HareLobsters straight from the Exe. Picture: Brenda Hare

If they can drum then I can join in without my sticks. Picture: Brenda HareIf they can drum then I can join in without my sticks. Picture: Brenda Hare

A better view. Picture: Brenda Hare.A better view. Picture: Brenda Hare.

Childrens Artwork. Picture: Brenda HareChildrens Artwork. Picture: Brenda Hare

Let Battle Commence. Picture: Brenda HareLet Battle Commence. Picture: Brenda Hare

Mass flight of Long Tail Kites. Picture: Alan SymesMass flight of Long Tail Kites. Picture: Alan Symes

Our friendly Dragon. Picture: Malcolm Pressey.Our friendly Dragon. Picture: Malcolm Pressey.

a sky full of colour. Picture: Alan Symesa sky full of colour. Picture: Alan Symes

a sky full of colour. Picture: Alan Symesa sky full of colour. Picture: Alan Symes

Exmouth Kite Festival 2018. Picture: Brenda Hare.Exmouth Kite Festival 2018. Picture: Brenda Hare.

If they can drum then I can join in without my sticks. Picture: Brenda HareIf they can drum then I can join in without my sticks. Picture: Brenda Hare

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