Colourful kites to shine at festival

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Kites will be flying high over Blyth on the Bank Holiday weekend.

The 2014 Blyth Kite Festival takes place at Meggies Burn Playing Fields at South Beach on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with flying each day from 10am to 6pm.

It will be the largest collection of kites ever flown in Northumberland and will consist of displays of single, two-line and four-line kite flying to music, and large displays including parrots,fish, eels, lizards, crabs and more.

Some of the best kite fliers in the country will be attending including Josh Mitcheson from Ashington, who is the youngest person in the world to fly three two-line kites at the same time to music.

Graham Lockwood from Huddersfield is acknowledged to be the best in Europe at flying three two-line stunt kites to music at the same time.

Members of North East Kite Fliers, Northern Kite Group, and the Kite Club of Scotland, three of the biggest clubs in the country, will also be flying their own designs over the weekend.

Making his debut at the event will be seven-year-old Ben Denton, whose father is a member of North East Kite Fliers, and hen will be flying a two-line stunt kite to music.

A kite flying session for children attending the event will also be held, with organisers will lend them a kite and they will be taught to fly it by the professionals.

There will also be rides, a catering van, ice cream van, and a local Blyth-based kite trader, GoKites,

The event is free.