Royston Kite Festival still a high-flyer despite low winds

PUBLISHED: 08:11 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 06 August 2018

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

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Families flocked to Therfield Heath yesterday to enjoy their annual day out at the Royston Kite Festival.

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil HeywoodThere were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

The weather for the Royston Rotary Club event was hot and dry – and the soaring temperatures and wall-to-wall sunshine meant ice cream vendors did a roaring trade with families who picnicked on the grass while they enjoyed the show.

Faced with changeable and sometimes very light winds, fliers sometimes struggled to keep the larger kites aloft.

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil HeywoodThere were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

“Although they had to chase the breezes, they put on a splendid show,” said event organiser Jonathan Berks.

“Together with the historic vehicle and the Crystalites displays and all the stalls, there was lots to keep everyone amused.”

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil HeywoodThere were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

The club estimates that more than 6,000 people attended the festival, and through the accounts won’t be ready for a few days, they are confident that there will be a handsome surplus for charity – especially for Rotary president David Blundell’s chosen good cause, the Sick Children’s Trust.

For more on Royston Rotary Club, go to www.roystonrotary.com.

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil HeywoodThere were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil HeywoodThere were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil HeywoodThere were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

There were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil HeywoodThere were soaring temperatures for the 2018 Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath. Picture: Neil Heywood

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