Kites fly high as Hunstanton festival raises thousands for good causes

Hunstanton Kite Festival
Kites of all shapes and sizes take to the skies ANL-160823-155907001
Hunstanton Kite Festival Kites of all shapes and sizes take to the skies ANL-160823-155907001
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Thousands of pounds were raised for good causes at Hunstanton’s 20th annual kite festival, which took place on Sunday.

Flyers took advantage of near-perfect conditions to launch kites includng a dragon, a guitar, a butterfly over the Smithdon High School field.

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Keira Hawes gets to grips with spinning plates in the circus workshop ANL-160823-155930001

Hunstanton Kite Festival Keira Hawes gets to grips with spinning plates in the circus workshop ANL-160823-155930001

Richard Shaw, president of the Hunstanton and District Rotary Club, which organised the event, said: “We’ve got more kites than normal and these fresh winds are ideal for.”

The main beneficiary of the festival’s proceeds this year is the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, though other local charities will also benefit.

And Mr Shaw, a former chief executive of the hospice, said: “The support from the public has been fantastic. We expect to raise about £12,000.”

As well as the kites, the festival offered a host of other attractions, including a classic car and motorbike rally featuring hundreds of vintage vehicles.

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Some of more than 200 classic cars on display ANL-160823-155918001

Hunstanton Kite Festival Some of more than 200 classic cars on display ANL-160823-155918001

Other highlights included a funfair, a circus workshop and a big craft fair in the school hall, while many local charities also had stalls around the site.

In the main arena there was a range of competitions for youngsters, a falconry display, a martial arts display by the East Coast Academy whilst power gliders took to the sky and animal lovers were not forgotten with a fun dog show.

And although the weather, the wrong kind of wind rather than rain, prevented a Spitfire flypast, former British aerobatics champion Lauren Richardson thrilled the crowd as she dived, swooped and looped the loop over Hunstanton in a breathtaking display.

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Youngsters jump to it in the sack races ANL-160823-155856001

Hunstanton Kite Festival Youngsters jump to it in the sack races ANL-160823-155856001

Hunstanton Kite Festival
A flying dragon takes to the skies ANL-160823-155952001

Hunstanton Kite Festival A flying dragon takes to the skies ANL-160823-155952001

Hunstanton Kite Festival
Lauren Richardson performs an aerobatic display

Hunstanton Kite Festival Lauren Richardson performs an aerobatic display