Children and adults arrived at The Island, St Ives, on Saturday, for this year’s Kite Festival, held in suitably blustery conditions.

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Prior to the event, a kite-making workshop had been staged in St Ives Library, with instruction from Billy ‘The Kite Doctor’ Wynter and textile artist Jo McIntosh.

The proof of the solidity of the kites was, of course, in the flying, and they held together well as they took to the skies over The Isand, close to Porthmeor beach.

Plenty of passers-by enjoyed the scene, and the youngster trying to get their creations to fly whooped with delight when the right gust led to lift-off! Even mayor Kirsty Arthur tried her hand, getting the official town council kite to take to the air.

The first kite festival was staged under the auspices of Kneehigh Theatre in 1991. It now looks to be firmly back on the calendar as an annual event.

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