Exmouth Kite Festival 2018: excitement rising as countdown begins to event's 10th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 09:36 16 July 2018

Exmouth Rotary Club's kite festival. Ref exe 32 17TI 8763. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Rotary Club's kite festival. Ref exe 32 17TI 8763. Picture: Terry Ife

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Excitement is rising as the highest-flying charity event in the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District's calendar is just weeks away.

A colourful picture painted by artist Lorna Porter depicting the fun and excitement of the annual kite festival in Exmouth. Picture: contributedA colourful picture painted by artist Lorna Porter depicting the fun and excitement of the annual kite festival in Exmouth. Picture: contributed

Organisers are eagerly anticipating this year’s event and are hoping for the arrival of record crowds on August 4 and 5, to celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary.

Kite Festival chairman Frank Hart-Venn, said: “The Rotary Club of Exmouth & District has always seen this Festival as a community project that can be enjoyed by all.

“Many people donate their time to help with the event and the three original committee members still get a thrill when thinking back to those early days and to just how many people have benefited from this wonderful event.”

Organisers have, once again, partnered with the Exmouth Art Group, which is supporting activities for children in the marquee during this year’s event.

Kite Festival vice chairman Malcolm Pressey (left) and Frank Hart-Venn. Picture: PicasaKite Festival vice chairman Malcolm Pressey (left) and Frank Hart-Venn. Picture: Picasa

One of its members, Lorna Porter, offered to paint an image of the Kite Festival, depicting the ‘fun and excitement’ of the event.

Mr Hart-Venn said: “We are really pleased with her finished painting and thank Lorna for donating her time to our charity fund raising.”

Items on the festival agenda to look forward to this year include Kia’s Rokkaku Kite Battle

Kite fighting, made famous by the hit film The Kite Runner, happens all over the world, but the Rokkaku battle aims to transport crowds to Japan. accompanied by the rhythmical drumming of ‘Taiko Journey’.

Kite Festival vice chairman Malcolm Pressey (left) and Frank Hart-Venn. Picture: PicasaKite Festival vice chairman Malcolm Pressey (left) and Frank Hart-Venn. Picture: Picasa

The total raised by donations at the Exmouth Kite Festival to date, is in excess of £83,000, with 42 organisations have all benefitted in some way from the event.

Children’s Hospice South West has been the largest of the local recipients. It is hoped that the 2018 festival will bring the total raised to £100,000.

The Rotary Club asked the public to vote which worthy local cause should benefit from funds from the festival, such as a sports club, local organisation or registered charity.

Online voting ended on July 15, but final voting for the distribution of funds will be made by the participants, at the festival, for the three highest entrants.

For more details or to vote visit https://exmouthrotaryclub.co.uk/index.php/kite-festival/

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