Kite festival to set Bridlington soaring

The sky over Sewerby Fields, in Bridlington, is set to be awash with colourful kites as part of a two-day festival, hosted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Northern Kite Group.

The event, subject to reasonable wind and weather conditions, will take place on Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 May and will see a number of internationally-renowned experts put on a display to entertain local residents and visitors to the resort.

Displays will include some of the world’s largest inflatable kites flown by professional flyers, teams of two and four line kite flyers performing sequences to music and a chance for members of the public, particularly children, to have a go at flying some of the kites (loaned and supervised in the arena).

Children will also be encouraged to bring their favourite soft toy for a parachute jump. The teddy will be given a parachute and hoisted up a rig and float gently down from a great height. The owner of each bear will be presented with a certificate to reward them for their bravery.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council, through EY Events, aims to put on a number of major events across the East Riding each year to help boost the local economy.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Northern Kite Group and the Bridlington Tourism Association to bring this exciting new event to the town and hope that both residents and visitors come along and see some of the best kite displays in the world.”

The Northern Kite Group, formed in 1978, has members throughout the country and attends many events in both the UK and abroad.

Dave Bleasdale, secretary of the Northern Kite Group, is looking forward to bringing a festival to Bridlington.

He said: “Members of the Northern Kite Group are looking forward to filling the sky over Bridlington with a huge selection of colourful and varied kites.

“There will be some of the largest kites the public have ever seen along with fantastic displays of kite flying to music.”

The Kite Festival is sponsored by the Bridlington Tourism Association (BTA) who hope that it will help provide a timely boost for the local economy and increase visitor numbers to the town over the May weekend.

Bob Hillery, president of the BTA, said: “This is an excellent new event and a great family weekend for visitors or residents, which will be enjoyed by all. We wish it every success and hope it is supported so it can continue for years to come.”

For further information about events in the East Riding, visit www.eyevents.co.uk or follow @EYorksEvents on Twitter.

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