Punters luck out at Royston Kite Festival
PUBLISHED: 09:16 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:47 09 August 2016
Royston Rotary Club’s annual Kite Festival attracted big crowds to the Heath on Sunday, after cloudy skies and high winds in the morning created problems for kite fliers and exhibitors.
A strong west wind buffeted marquees and tents, and a few stall-holders had to pack up their wares as gazebos threatened to fly away.
But by mid-morning the winds slackened and the sun came out.
By lunchtime and the official opening by Royston’s Mayor Sarah Dingley and North Herts District Council vice-chair Alan Millard, the Heath was crowded with picnicking families enjoying the show and the flying programme went ahead, including the ever popular Teddy Bear Drop.
Traders reported brisk business, and there were queues at the ice-cream vans and burger stands. The club’s famous tombola sold out long before the event closed.
Among others, the main charity to benefit this year is Herts Air Ambulance.
Event manager Jonathan Berks said: “We’re hoping the show will clear £6,000 after expenses, so we’ll be able to make some generous charitable donations as usual.”