Hunstanton Kite Festival was yet another flyaway success despite high winds almost sweeping the teams of professional kiters off their feet on Sunday afternoon.
Donations are still rolling in, but organisers, Hunstanton and District Rotary Club have already counted £11,000 raised to support good, local causes, such as the RNLI, who were also collecting.
Chairman of the festival, Nigel Corley, said: “It was a super event. We had around 3,500 people there, slightly down on last year’s butthe weather forecast might have put people off.
“It was really well supported by the local people and the holidaymakers, it’s clear Hunstanton needs events like this.”
Seven professional kite display teams took to the fields at Smithdon High School, where they gave demonstrations throughout the day and entertained the crowds.
Nigel said: “There was a lot of hanging on and the kiters proved extremely adept at dealing with the weather and at times even had two kiters hanging on in hopes of not being swept out to The Wash. They proved they were extremely capable of dealing with the high winds.
“Unfortunately the Battle of Britain Dakota flypast was cancelled due to the high winds, but there was so much else going on I don’t think it really mattered.”
As well as the Kite Festival, there was plenty to keep visitors entertained, from a classic car and motorcycle show featuring 150 vehicles. There was also an opportunity to catch Cambridge-base youth dance group, Sin Cru, performing on the final stop of their UK tour.
Elsewhere, there were around 35 stallholders selling various crafts and the Fun Dog Show, which was hugely popular as usual.
Nigel said: “Lots of dogs turned out for the Fun Dog Show as usual, it’s a good bit of fun and always really popular.”
Organisers have already booked next year’s event in and are calling on all supporters to mark August 16th in their diary.