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Martin Corrie Memorial Fly 2019

Sunday 7th October saw some of us joining our friends from East Anglian Kite Flyers on the Greensward at Frinton-on-Sea for the annual kite fly in memory of the late Martin Corrie, ex chairman of Suffolk Kite Flyers.

As with the last couple of years we were welcomed with glrious weather but very little wind. Apparently the EAKF members had used up all of the wind in the morning, so by the time I arrived there was only the remnants of a breeze left. WHilst my dragon lifter coped admirably for much of the time, there simply wasn't enough to inflate any line laundry, and all the big stuff spent most of its time huggung the ground, though Jonathan did get a pair of sea horses airborne on occasions.

So good to our name, we settled down for a chat and a picnic. I have to say, that EAKF are expert kite picnicers, and we may have to wath ourselves as they seem to be more than capable of challenging our status.

As usual we were made most welcome, and fed and watered throughout the afternoon. And in common with other years, Lynne had made sufficient bread pudding to feed an army, so plenty was consumed, we it would be rude not to!

It was defintiely a light wind day, and we did manage to fly some light wind kites, a couple of phoenixes amongst them, but for the most part, the kites stayed on the ground. The one thing that everyone commented on was the mass of crane flies that seemed to be everywhere. The beach huts were covered in them, the toilet block was covered with them, all of the tents and kites were covered in them. I've never seen so many in one place and have no idea why. Presumably the long hot summer has been a good year for them. Ah well, never mind, it was a lovely afternoon, and definitely one to put in the diary for next year.

Frinton

Dieppe International Kite Festival 2018

As usual we planned to arrive on Wednesday, right in the middle of the festival. However this time one of us arrived at about 5:30 am, having taken the overnight ferry from Newhaven, whilst the rest of us arrived at a much more leisurely 6:30 pm having taken a late ferry from Dover and a gentle drive in the persistent drizzle. In total there were 13 KKF members attending, and our numbers were supplemented by two members from Essex Kite Group.

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Bognor Regis Kite Festival 2018

Bank holiday weekend saw the 4th Bognor Regis Kite Festival. Following various issues, trials and tribulations during the months leading up to the event, the festival had moved from its original home at West Park to a new venue at King George V playing Fields in Felpham. I have to say the new venue is much bigger and better, even if the winds proved to be challenging during the weekend. As small contingent from KKF attended for the whole weekend, to be joined by a couple of day trippers on the Saturday and Monday.

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What a perfect day (well almost)

Sunday 9th September saw three of us arrive at Palm Bay near Margate for a pre-Dieppe fly. It was kind of a last minute thing, but the conditions proved to be pretty good. We managed to put some colour into the sky and had lots of interest shown from the passing public, including a lady and her daughter from Larkfield who had come to Palm Bay for a bike ride and spent most the the time chatting and photographing kites. Sorry if we ruined your afternoon Agneska!

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Damp and dreary Dunstable

This weekend saw Dunstable Kite Festival 2018. Unfortunately this year's event was blighted by the weather. After weeks of hot dry weather, conditions finally broke on Saturday 28th July. Overnight rain was followed by temperatures that had dropped by about 10 degrees. But the day was bright with considerable cloud cover. However we were to get the occasional heavy shower.

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Kites up the Creek 2018

The weekend of 1st/2nd September 2018 saw us take part in Kites up the Creek at Milton Creek Country Park in Sittingbourne. This is becoming an annual event in a pretty little country park bordering the Sittinbourne and Kemsley Light Railway

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Hot day in Tonbridge

Today, a couple of us went over to Tonbridge park to fly some kites. It was a pretty windless day, but we still managed to put some colour into the air.

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