Sunshine, seashores and kites at Isle of Wight Kite Festival
Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Communities
Kite Festival 2013
Over 3,500 visitors attended the annual kite festival in Yarmouth to see this year’s Sea and Shore theme on Saturday 21st September. The event, organised by The New Carnival Company with support from Spectrum Housing Group, was created to highlight the natural environment and the issues with non-biodegradable items being thrown in to the sea and left on the shore, hence the theme was developed for ‘The Sea and Shore Kite Festival’.
Claire Hector, of Spectrum’s Natural Wight project, said “The kite festival was originally created in conjunction with Natural Wight and it is great to see the key aspects of the campaign continuing in this year’s event. It is important to raise awareness of the seashore wildlife and this year’s kite festival has continued the emphasis on the natural environment”.
Spectrum Housing Group sponsored a wide programme of community kite workshops across the area, with the special carnival truck travelling across the island to ten different sites including to a Barnardo’s led charity day on the Oakfield Estate. Throughout the workshops over 250 biodegradable kites were created, with over 30 from the Oakfield estate alone.
The kites from the workshops were then carried by the residents along a mile long procession led by the ‘FaT Samba’ band which opened the event on the day.
Chris from the New Carnival Company said of the event “Working in partnership with Spectrum Housing Group allows us to increase our enjoyment and involvement with the community, whilst highlighting the important issues surrounding our natural environment. It also allows us to speak directly to members of the community that we would not have reached without Spectrum’s involvement”.