Codgers Diary, Portsmouth 22-25th August 2014 - by Courtney
Friday 22nd August
The arrival of the invited flyers who came from Europe and as far away as Australia and the setting up of all the paraphernalia that goes with a huge kite festival built the excitement of what was to come in the next couple of days. Traders of all kinds from cake stalls to Kites, food offerings of all sorts, PA address systems, funfair, Billy Smarts circus and to top it all Vestival , a music festival close by the Southsea Pier, wow what a collection of goodies!
For most club flyers the day is full of meet and greets and catching up with kite buddies from different parts of the country. It was great to see all those familiar faces some we had not seen since Fuerteventura.
Saturday 23rd August
This kite festival is the biggest in England and this year was no exception, some brilliant new kites displayed and the program was varied. There were two large arenas, one where all the demonstrations took place and the second where all the spectacular displays took place.
There were demonstrations by Team Spectrum, father and son team. Two line Kite Ballet team, Flying Fish, The Decorators and Karl from Team Spectrum with his three kite’s routine, the crowd loved that! Throughout the day there was continuous kiting entertainment. At 4pm there was a display of Spirit kites in the arena and EKG was represented with my Jamaican spirit.
As always there was an auction of kites for charity this evening, myself and John had a look but didn’t buy anything, our hands remained in our pockets!
Sunday 24th August
Today started with the altitude sprint which was won by one of our kite buddies Steve Bloomfield…well done Steve! There were lots of highlights on Sunday. The kiting legend, Peter Powell with his family were re-launching Peter Powell MK3 kites. He was signing kites and I was lucky enough to get my new kites signed by him and Lynn and June had their photo taken with him. He was such a lovely gentleman, what a pleasure to meet him.
The wind conditions were perfect today which enabled a large variety of kites to be displayed and flown. EKG members did their bit, attendance from EKG was good, Mark, Reg, Dee, John, June, Lynn and myself. The day ended with another mass Spirit fly.
We had a night fly tonight where a small but appreciative crowd gathered, the kites looked amazing all lit up in the dark sky, wow! We ended the night looking forward to Monday but Mother Nature took over with heavy downpours. Bank Holiday Monday was a wash out and a sad ending to what was a brilliant festival but never mind we are looking forward to next year already…see you soon Portsmouth!