Punters luck out at Royston Kite Festival

PUBLISHED: 09:16 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:47 09 August 2016

Mayor, Sarah Dingley, with daughters Bronwen and Carys. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Mayor, Sarah Dingley, with daughters Bronwen and Carys. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

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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.

The windy conditions were ideal for a kite festival. PICTURE: Clive Porter.The windy conditions were ideal for a kite festival. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

But by mid-morning the winds slackened and the sun came out.

Georgina Campbell assists her daughter, Imogen to construct her own kite at the kite workshop. PICTURE: Clive Porter.Georgina Campbell assists her daughter, Imogen to construct her own kite at the kite workshop. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

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.

A ghostly apparition over Royston. PICTURE: Clive Porter.A ghostly apparition over Royston. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

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.

The kite festival was a great spectacle. PICTURE: Clive Porter.The kite festival was a great spectacle. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Among others, the main charity to benefit this year is Herts Air Ambulance.

Many people came down to the Heath to enjoy the day. PICTURE: Clive Porter.Many people came down to the Heath to enjoy the day. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

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.”


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