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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Silloth Kite Festival a soaraway success

Kites of all shapes, colours and designs took to the skies over Cumbria in the annual Silloth Kite Festival.

Silloth Kite Festival photo

Taking place on The Green, it proved a real community event, combining spectacular kite displays, live music and family entertainment.

People travelled from all over the UK to take part in the festival, giving businesses a summer boost.

The kite festival has become a regular fixture on the town’s busy events list, and this year attracted around 2,000 people.

The fun started on Friday night with a folk-based music evening and open mic night before headline band Room Full of Mirrors took to the stage. Saturday was the start of the kite displays, along with a fun fair, cake stalls and other attractions. There was a variety of live music, including Cumbrian favourites Colt 45 who played at this year’s Download festival.

The festival reached its finale on Sunday.

Organiser Paul Gilmour said: “You can plan for everything but the weather. Saturday it wasn’t great but Sunday it picked up and there were more than 1,000 people there.

“Kite flyers come from all over the country and enjoy it that much they keep coming back for more. It gives the whole town a boost.”

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