Kite Festival

Highfield Park and The Town Council hosted a 2-day Kite Festival on 29th/30th September 2012.

The event was sponsored by Prudhoe Town Council and was organised in collaboration with kite specialist, Mr John Dobson of Allendale.

Kite enthusiasts travelled from far and wide to put on a spectacular display, over 2 days, at Highfield Park, Prudhoe.  The wide variety of kites on display included Oriental, 3D Animals, Dancing Butterflies, Formation Flying and Handmade Art Kites. 

All kite demonstrations were subject to favourable weather and the winds over the weekend meant that some kites, unfortunately could not be flown and the teddy bear parachute was not possible. 

Amy Furniss of Prudhoe said “The festival was really brilliant, my daughter Olivia was so impressed we had to come back twice”.  

Gill Darling, also of Prudhoe took her daughter Jess and friend Millie onto the field to fly their kites, she said “It is fantastic to see this park being used for events, I hope they continue”.  

There was also the re-scheduled ‘Sk8 Competition’ that saw an impressive demonstration of skills on the ramps, organised by the Prudhoe Town Council Young People’s Forum.

Macmillan, The Womens and Mens Section of the Prudhoe Branch of the Royal British Legion, Prudhoe Youth Charity Shop and Mark and Anna Robson of the charity aldlife had fundraising stalls which added to the community spirit of the event.

Anna Robson said "it was a very well organised event which was lots of fun for the whole community and a great opportunity to allow us to promote aldlife which is still a very unknown charity, if you would like more information please go to www.aldlife.org

Thank you to Mr John Dobson of Allendale for bringing the Kite Festival to Prudhoe and the teams of fabulous flyers - Malcolm and Jeanette Goodman, SkyArtists, Doug and Linda Richardson, Kelvin Woods, Team Fusion, Pallas Family Flyers and Josh Mitchison; to GoKites for their marvellous merchandise, to Macmillan, aldlife, Prudhoe Youth Charity Shop and the Prudhoe Branch of The Royal British Legion for bringing their fundraising stalls, to Turners Amusements for the bungee trampolines, to Overs Catering and Joanna Jackson (Sweet Trailer) for keeping everyone fed and to Julie Charlton for providing face-painting. 

For support over the weekend we would also thank the Prudhoe Detachment Army Cadet Force, Carol Quinn and Ian Lowery from the East Youth Centre, the NEAT team from Northumberland County Council and Mr John Thompson for allowing flyers to camp overnight in his field.

Thank you also to James Armstrong and the skaters for complimenting the Kite Festival with their Skate competition, organised in conjunction with The Young People’s Forum for which the results will be announced on the website soon!

The webpage would be boring without the perfect pictures from Moira Wooldridge (Community Photographer) and Councillor Peter Nevin and the fantastic video created by Mr John Robson (aka Mr Disco Man).  Enjoy them below!

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