Thousands turn out for Royston kite festival

PUBLISHED: 16:12 07 August 2013

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THOUSANDS of people turned out for this year's Royston Charity Kite Festival run by the Rotary Club of Royston.

Organiser Karin Weston described the event on Therfield Heath on Sunday as “an overwhelming success”.

She said: “We had one of the largest attendances in recent years and the weather was just perfect for kite-flying.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy the displays that took place during the day,” she said.

The Rotary Club of Royston is hoping to raise about £7,000 from the event with a substantial amount being donated to President Ray Munden’s charity of the year, the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.

Mr Munden said: “This year’s event certainly attracted the crowds and we believe that more than 2,000 people attended. It helped, of course, having decent weather during the whole day.”

This year included some spectacular displays from the Great Ouse Flyers and Essex Kite Flyers, Dark Star, Team Spectrum and Stafford Wallace with his Indian Fighting Kites.

The event was opened by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Andie Harper and was visited during the day by the Mayor of Royston, Councillor Robert Smith, and Councillor Jane Gray, chairman of North Herts District Council.

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