Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival organisers reflect on the event being a soaring success

PUBLISHED: 13:13 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:18 13 August 2017

Exmouth Rotary Club's Chairman Malcolm Pressey and Vice- Chairman Frank Hart-Venn at the kite festival. Ref exe 32 17TI 8718. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Rotary Club's Chairman Malcolm Pressey and Vice- Chairman Frank Hart-Venn at the kite festival. Ref exe 32 17TI 8718. Picture: Terry Ife

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Ideal weather conditions made the ninth Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival a ‘massive success’, say the organisers.

Around 3,500 people attended the two-day festival, held at the town’s Imperial Rec’ Ground over the weekend.

It is too early to say how much money the event has raised for charity, but the strong attendance will certainly benefit the good causes chosen by the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District.

The event was blessed with sunshine, occasional cloudy patches and good strong winds that enabled the kite-flying performers to show off some ‘stunning’ routines.

“The spectators were treated to an amazing sky, full of colour, with kites of all shapes and sizes,” said Malcolm Pressey, the kite festival chairman. We had some great shows this year from world-class flyers. The arena programme featured spectacular flying displays, aerial kite fighting battles, mass ascents of artistic kites, and breathtaking synchronised routines flown to music.

“On view were spectacular special shapes, with swirling giant octopuses, manta rays, mermaids, whales, geckos and other mega-beasts jostling for position with crowd favourites such as flying angels, jogging legs, dragons and spirit kites.

“There were fabulous artistic creations using kites as an aerial canvas. The makers’ intricate designs had wonderful colour, shape and flow. Meanwhile, on the ground we saw amazing artistic banners and forests of flags.”

In addition to the kites, there was plenty of entertainment for families to enjoy, including fairground stalls, a children’s marquee that was busy for much of the weekend, a kite making and decorating stall, Clive Pig the Story Teller, Sam’s Creation Station and Polly the Clown with her circus skills. In addition there were catering and produce stalls, plus arts and crafts.

Children’s Hospice South West will receive a proportion of the event’s funds. The public also voted for an additional organisation that could receive a financial contribution. Voting was close, but the winner was the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Mr Pressey added: “So now we look forward to the tenth anniversary kite festival in August 2018.”

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