Kite festival has lift-off on the common

UP, UP, AND AWAY Portsmouth kite festival at Southsea Common.     Picture: Allan Hutchings (113046-398)
UP, UP, AND AWAY Portsmouth kite festival at Southsea Common. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113046-398)

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Families reached for the skies at this year’s Portsmouth International Kite Festival, painting the horizon with a rainbow of fluttering kites.

It was the 20th time the popular festival has been held on Southsea Common and kite enthusiasts from across the globe jetted in to take part.

UP AND AWAY Alex Bremer, 15, Theo Bremer, 10 and Max Bremer, 12, brothers from Southsea, launch their kite skywards (113046-602)

UP AND AWAY Alex Bremer, 15, Theo Bremer, 10 and Max Bremer, 12, brothers from Southsea, launch their kite skywards (113046-602)

There were displays from flyers from Singapore, India, New Zealand and America, as well as a host of European flyers at the event run by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain.

Soaring amongst the clouds was everything from whales, snakes, frogs and jesters to 3D soft kites and cellular kites.

Robert Bremwer 42, of Rochester Road, Southsea, went to the festival with his wife, Penny, 40 and their three boys, Alex, 15, Max, 12 and Theo, 10.

He said: ‘We were only supposed to go for a short while, but the boys were enjoying it so much they wouldn’t let us leave.

‘We ended up buying a kite and staying there for about five hours learning how to fly it and trying out some tricks.

‘It was very relaxed and there was a great family atmosphere – a lovely day out for the family.

‘And it’s really refreshing to have a big event like this that you don’t have to pay for because there aren’t many of them around these days.’

The final day of the free festival is on today from 10am to 5pm. As well as stalls, there will be free-flying and a dog show to take part in.