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What’s on at Hunstanton Kite Festival and Classic Car Rally

PUBLISHED: 14:28 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:29 06 August 2018

Hunstanton kite festival (photo: Adrian Judd for EDP)

Hunstanton kite festival (photo: Adrian Judd for EDP)

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We meet Nigel Corley, organiser of the Hunstanton Kite Festival and Classic Car Rally

What is it about kites that people love?

I believe it takes us all back to our childhood to see kites flying especially the stunt kites and the huge flying dragons and aerobatic displays.

What are some of the highlights this year?

250 classic cars and motorcycles, more than 20 kite displays, from flying dragons to flights set to music, a fun fair, children’s entertainers, a falconry display, craft fair, dog show, a food hall to satisfy all tastes from fish and chips, to far eastern fare and posh burgers, pony rides, martial arts and over 30 different stallholders from charities to garden sheds, and finally a flypast from the Battle of Britain Lancaster.

Hunstanton Kite Fair and Classic Car Rally (photo: Elaine Bird, Town and Around)Hunstanton Kite Fair and Classic Car Rally (photo: Elaine Bird, Town and Around)

Which charities will profits go to?

What makes this a special event is that we share money raised with Norfolk Hospice Tapping House and many other local groups, charities and individuals as well as our Rotary commitment to UK and international charities. The Festival raises more than £14,000 for distribution to the good causes.

How long have you been involved?

The Rotary Club has organised the Kite Festival for 22 years and I have been involved for eight, and the main organiser for the last six. I must point out though that it is very much a team effort with not only Rotary members but also many friends of Rotary.

Hunstanton Kite Fair and Classic Car Rally (photo: Elaine Bird, Town and Around)Hunstanton Kite Fair and Classic Car Rally (photo: Elaine Bird, Town and Around)

What are you most looking forward to?

Every year I marvel at the precision flying of the kites, some to music, and the very large stunt kites with the flyers being tethered to the ground to stop them ending in the Wash! And the classic vehicles, lovingly restored and proudly displayed by their owners. The biggest thrill is the number of families who keep coming back every year with their children, and to see them enjoying all the activities.

The Hunstanton Kite Fair and Classic Car Rally 11am to 6pm on Sunday August 19 at Smithdon School. Tickets £6 adult, £2 child, £15 for a family, in aid of good causes.

The Festival is run by Hunstanton Rotary Club, supported by the Norfolk Hospice and sponsored by Lynx buses with a free park and ride service. hunstantonkitefestival.co.uk

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