Kites soar over Hayling Island beach to mark anniversary

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BLUE skies and a sea breeze provided the perfect conditions for flying a kite as a major milestone was celebrated.

Dozens of kites soared over the beach at Hayling Island and West Wittering to mark the 50th anniversary of Chichester Harbour being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A specially-designed kite to mark the 50th birthday proved to be particularly successful.

Beach-goers also enjoyed a picnic at the event, organised by Chichester Harbour Conservancy, West Wittering Estates and the RNLI at Hayling.

Cycle safety expert Fred Ellis led a ride along the Salterns Way cycle path, while local artist Simon Cowper ran workshops. Four crews from Langstone Cutters Gig Club rowed from Langstone to East Head to share the fun.