In photos and video: Stanmer Park kite flying festival as popular as ever in the summer sun (From The Argus)
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In photos and video: Stanmer Park kite flying festival as popular as ever in the summer sun
Giant octopuses loomed large over a park this weekend.
But rather then run in panic, hundreds gathered to look, laugh and join in with the fun as the Kite Festival returned to Brighton for another year.
Fans of the flying objects - from amateurs to professionals, young and old - sent all manner of objects soaring up to the sunkissed skies in two days of fun at Stanmer Park.
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Visitors were treated to a whole host of exciting kite-related activities including breathtaking displays from world-class flyers, team displays as well as Indian and rokkaku kite fighting.
Other crowd pleasers over the weekend included the now traditional Martin Lester Spirit kite fly and the opportunity for youngsters to make their own kites in the children's workshop.
The free event claims to be one of, if not the longest, running kite festivals in the UK in this its 35th year.
Traders at the event said that the scorching weather meant sales were a little down but that the weather proved perfect for keeping the kites flying.
Jay Hartly, of James Hartly Kites, said: “It has been very hot this weekend which might have kept people down the beach.
“In terms of trading it has been steady although last year it rained so it’s much improved on that.
“The breeze was not that strong but steady so they managed to get all the kites in the air.
“The big events in the big arena seemed really popular.”
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