Ten members of the club made the long journey to Portsmouth for this year’s kite festival. We took some of the European Air Gallery, but unfortunately didn’t have the chance to fly them. Through the weekend, we were treated to displays of two line flying, most notably by Cerf Volent Folies from France, and of historic single line kite designs.
There were two highlights for us. Firstly, to help our good friend Dick Toonen from Holland in a mass fly of his unique Drum Boxes, and secondly, we were honoured to be asked by Robert Brasington from Tasmania to help him in his a mass fly of his own kites.
It was also great to meet up with our friends from Sky Pirates (Holland) who helped us close the festival with a flight of the Friendship Kite. It’s actually further from the North East to Portsmouth than it is from Holland!
We continued our travels with our ever popular kite workshop weekend at Druridge Bay Country Park again this year, this popular event with the kids gives them the chance to make and fly kites with club members and everyone who attended got into the swing of things. Kites were made and kites both homemade and bought were flown in abundance, and the weather was good to us as well this year a very successful weekend.
This year we attended the Amble Puffin Festival for the second year running, we flew kites on the Saturday and Sunday and put on a good display on the Monday, this included a teddy bear drop which was very popular with the kids, once again the sky was full of inflatables flown by young Bradley, and attended by a good turnout of club members.
The week after Blyth a few members of the club attended the Western Lakes kite festival at Millom a venue we have been to many times. The club was well represented at this event with displays by Graham Lockwood, Josh Mitcheson and the Pallas Family as well as putting the Air Gallery on display. The weather was typical lake district, rain and wind but those who attended had a great time, a couple of photos to show you what it was like.
The first bank holiday weekend in May saw the return of the club to Blyth to organize the 2014 Blyth Kite Festival, and the event was a huge success.
Over 90 fliers from all over the country attended the event including fliers from Scotland, Yourkshire, The Midlands, the North-East and even Kent. The evnet was very well attended by the public and the Rainbow Delta taster sessions went down very well, this year we had extra attractions such as kiddies rides catering and of course our kite trader in attendance.
Kites of all shapes and sizes were flown over the 3 day event and thanks to all who participated, the display arena was kept busy with performances from the Free J’s, Graham Lockwood, Josh Mitcheson, Ben Denton and the Pallas Family Fliers.
The festival is destined to become a regular event in the North-East kiting calender over the next few years and we look forward seeing it grow .