Royston Kite Festival raises thousands for the Willow Foundation

The race is on. Pictures by Clive Porter.

The race is on. Pictures by Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

It was a town hit yet again as 3,000 people turned up to watch kites soar across the sky for the annual Royston Kite Festival.

Simon Merrills from the Crystalite

Simon Merrills from the Crystalite - Credit: Archant

Roughly £5,000 was raised for the Willow Foundation at the Rotary Club of Royston event on Therfield Heath on Sunday.

Les Baker from the rotary club said: “It was a successful event yet again. Everyone is satisfied with the day and seemed to enjoy themselves. There was a range of different displays which people really liked. We’ve been lucky with the sunny windy weather for the last 10 years.”

5-year-old Jude and Grace,8

5-year-old Jude and Grace,8 - Credit: Archant

There were all sorts of weird and wonderful kites to see, including an intricate fiery dragon by Simon Merrills and a fine legion of horses piece which wowed the crowds.

It wasn’t all about the fabulous kite displays, there was a whole host of entertainment with kite flying workshops, grand tombolas, charity and trade stalls and a fun fair.

Face painting fun

Face painting fun - Credit: Archant

Millie Underwood

Millie Underwood - Credit: Archant

8-year-old Jack Neighbour

8-year-old Jack Neighbour - Credit: Archant

Mr Marzipan entertains

Mr Marzipan entertains - Credit: Archant

Flying the kites

Flying the kites - Credit: Archant

Isobella Knapp of Stevenage

Isobella Knapp of Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Toddler Daniel from Ashwell watches a trio of horses.

Toddler Daniel from Ashwell watches a trio of horses. - Credit: Archant

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