Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival attracts thousands of people

PUBLISHED: 15:16 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010

Video by Stacey Santucci

Video by Stacey Santucci

THOUSANDS of people threw caution to the wind and soared into the spirit of the Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival.

One of the impressive kites

THOUSANDS of people threw caution to the wind and soared into the spirit of the Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival.

The festival proved to be a huge success in its second year - families travelled from across the country to try their hand at kite-flying and first-time professionals were eager to join in the festivities.

Malcolm Pressey, chairman of the kite committee, said: "From the reaction from the public it went well, they all said it was superb. The big thing for the children was offering the kite making in the workshop which they all thoroughly enjoyed."

Kites of all sizes and shapes including one humongous salamander-shaped structure dotted the sky spiralling in and out of trees and nose-diving into the crowds.

Festival goer with kites

Spectators on the Imperial Grounds were thrilled at the weekend to see acrobatic flying machines, aerial ballet and kite lines dangling with paper cows.

Malcolm said: "The most exciting thing of the festival was we had two teams - five in one and four in the other - who on the spur-of-the-moment started to perform together, moving along to the music. They were doing formation flying and moving to the rhythm of the music. At the end everyone gave them a roaring round of applause."

The success of the festival from last year and recent publicity brought a larger crowd of professional kite enthusiasts with people coming in from Dorset to as far as London.

The Kite Festival is in its second year and was started as an ingenuous way for the Exmouth Rotary Club to raise extra money for various charities.

Young kite enthusiast

This year their charities are Dream-A-Way, Children's Hospice South West, FORCE and the rotary's own Shelterbox appeal.

The Rotary Club will now count up the money raised at the event.

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