Weymouth Kite Festival a "Tradition I wanted to Keep Alive"
7:37am 16th April 2014
The organisers who've taken over Weymouth's Kite Festival say the popular event is set to hit new heights.
It's now run by the community and a band of dedicated volunteers after the Borough Council cut the strings on funding it last year, saying they could no longer afford to organise it.
The newly named Community Beach Kite Festival takes flights on the May bank Holiday weekend in just over 2 weeks' time (Saturday 3rd May - Monday 5th May).
Michael McManus is the main man who took over the event and told us why it means so much to him;
"It's a tradition and this year will be the 22nd year of the kite festival. It's exciting this year because it's out first and it's a new beginning, and hopefully a new beginning for Weymouth and the surrounding area."
Organisers are describing the event as, "packed full of colour, fun and excitement" and say they expect tens of thousands of visitors to descend on Weymouth to enjoy the aerial acrobatics kite displays.
Kite flyers from all over Britain and Europe are all expected to turn out too showing off their kites and display work.
They'll also be loads of kite traders along the promenade for visitors to purchase kite bits and pieces. They'll be a workshop for children too and a fun fair in front of the Pavilion.
The man in charge of Tourism and Culture at the Borough Council Ian Bruce says taxpayers are better off now the Community run the Kite Festival;
"Through using the community and all their wonderful efforts, the taxpayer is almost earning money from tourism activities, and the really good thing is our locals and visitors are getting more for us - Borough Council - not spending any money."