Flying high with cash boost for kite festival

Kite fliers warm up for St Annes Kite Festival
Kite fliers warm up for St Annes Kite Festival

St Annes Kite Festival has received a major boost with a £1,000 grant from St Annes Town Council.

And organisers are confident the event can go from strength to strength, with a major publicity drive also underway to attract visitors to the event from all over the region.

The festival, which will take place over the final weekend of July, was revived last summer after a seven-year gap and organisers promise it will be bigger and better this time, with plans already in hand for the event to grow in years to come.

The £1,000 cash boost has come from the town council’s leisure and communities fund and will be used mainly to help pay for the insurance required for the festival, which is held on the beach to the north of St Annes Pier.

“We are delighted to be backing the festival,” said Coun Cheryl Little, the town council’s leisure and communities chairman.

“The beach is St Annes’ greatest asset and we don’t use that stretch of it enough for events such as this. It is something in which everyone can be involved and has the potential to be a countywide event, just like the Wartime Weekend in Lytham.”

Organisers’ spokesman Patrick May said: “We are so grateful to the town council and to everyone else who is backing the event. It will be bigger and better than last year and the intention is for it to eventually become an international event.”