Southsea’s grey skies filled with colourful kites

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A GREY sky in Southsea was filled with an array of colourful and creative kites.

In its 22nd year, the annual Portsmouth Kite Festival took place over the weekend, in Southsea Common.

BUSY The Portsmouth Kite Festival on Southsea Common. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132356-743)

BUSY The Portsmouth Kite Festival on Southsea Common. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132356-743)

The event is run by Portsmouth City Council, with the The Kite Society of Great Britain.

Heather Todd, assistant events manager at the city council, said: ‘I’m really pleased with the event.

‘You’re never sure how many people will turn out because of the weather, but it has been well attended.

‘There have been some really exciting displays, including some from Japan and France.

‘It’s great to see the Common brought to life, with such amazing colour.

‘The fact it comes to Portsmouth is brilliant.

‘It’s great to see the space being used, and people have brilliant views.’

The three-day festival saw the seafront skyline dominated by a range of kites.

This included ones shaped like a teddy bear, a scuba diver, a cowboy and even a mermaid.

Synchronised kite displays were on show, and there was a tent for children to make their own kites.

Martin Croxton, 48, of London, is a kiteflyer, and comes to the Portsmouth festival each year.

He said: ‘I’ve come here since the first festival was held.

‘You get to meet so many people and the kites are good to look at.’