Popular Portsmouth kite festival changing its dates

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THE dates of an annual kite festival have been changed due to the expansion of another event.

This year’s Portsmouth International Kite Festival will now be held from August 15 to 16 instead of over the bank holiday that month.

The move is happening due to the expansion of Victorious Festival and the fact it now takes up part of Southsea Common where the kites are displayed.

The kite festival organisers have made assurances nothing will change about the event, other than free kite flying will not be held on the Monday as it is not a bank holiday.

In a statement, Jon Bloom, kite festival organiser, said: ‘We hope that all kite fliers, local residents and those from further afield will continue to support this popular event and help secure the kite festival’s future.

‘Portsmouth International Kite Festival is one of the premier kite festivals in the UK. It has grown year on year to be recognised by the worldwide kite community as one of the best kite festivals, attracting many kite fliers from around the world with many tens of thousands of spectators.’ Mr Bloom thanked Portsmouth City Council for its ongoing support.