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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Western Lake District Kitefest 2014

AN enormous horse and giant sealife creatures could be seen for miles around as kite enthusiasts from across the north of England descended on a windy corner of the Cumbria coast.

The fourth Western Lake District Kitefest, organised by South Copeland Tourism and sponsored by Dong Energy, was held at Millom Rugby Union Club on Saturday and Sunday. Displays from some of Europe’s top kite teams were enjoyed by visitors from near and far as the dulcet tones of commentator George Webster accompanied all of the action.

From giant static kites, to an agile plane flown by Gromit with Wallace hanging on for dear life, creative kites fashioned by children and parachuting teddy bears, the festival had something for everyone.

Janice Wilson, of the tourism group, said: “It’s amazing and the area is very lucky to have it. We’ve got international flyers and this year we had seven-year-old Ben Dutton, from Huddersfield, flying his kite to music with such great control. We also had Josh Mitcheson, 16, from the North East, who has won a gold medal at an international competition.”

Kite enthusiast Frank Hardman, 72, of Manchester, stayed the weekend with his wife for the third time. He said: “It’s a great crowd of people and they make you very welcome. The field area is superb and the whole event itself is at a great venue.”

Vince Wilson, with the Fusion flying team from Northumberland and Durham, said: “We love it here. We’re off to Ireland and France this year, but this is quite an important one for us. It’s more than a kite event; it’s a social occasion.”

Councillor Brian Crawford, Millom Mayor and South Copeland Tourism chairman, said: “It’s been well supported by a lot of people. It’s in its fourth year now and it’s a great family day for the for kids – and it’s free. It costs a lot of money to put on, so we’re very grateful to Dong for their sponsorship and we’re hoping they can help us again next year.”

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