The second Blyth Kite Festival was held over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May. Kite fliers from all over the UK were there, and, for the first time, we were joined by our good friends the Sky Pirates from Holland and Belgium. The festival got off to a relaxed start on Saturday with free flying all day, with fliers showing off a wide variety of kites. BBC Look North came, with an interview with the club Secretary showing later that day. Tony and Marie from GoKites kindly provided a buffet for the evening get-together, which was followed by the traditional charity auction. We were honoured to be visited by the Lady Mayor of Blyth, Olga Potts accompanied by her husband Cllr John Potts. Despite the worsening weather, they were entertained by displays by Graham Lockwood and Josh Mitcheson.
The overnight weather was horrendous! An awning or two succumbed the rain and gale force winds, but were we down hearted? This continued for most of Sunday which led to the abandonment of the planned programme, but by late afternoon, a few brave fliers, led by Shaun Denton of the Northern Monkeys Kite Group, ventured onto the field in time for the 4pm free flying slot.
Monday was a much better day, with a full programme of displays, led by the invited fliers, Graham Lockwood, Sky Artists and the Free J’s. We were also treated to a show of reproduction kites courtesy of Jan Boorsboom of Sky Pirates.
This year we were pleased to have Stephen Hoath providing his excellent, professional commentary which added to the enjoyment of all. Of many special moments, the highlight was the flying of Jim Potts’ Dragon Kite – quite a spectacle.This festival is going from strength to strength – watch out for next year!