10th annual Streatham Common Kite Day
High flying south London day out.
(Photos/words © urban75, April 2007)
London's only kite festival, the Streatham Kite Day is a great free day out and a ton of fun for kids.
Now in its tenth year, the Kite Day was attended by both professional and amateur kite flyers, and - happily - there was sufficient wind to ensure that most of the kites successfully left the ground.
The kites came in a host of shapes and designs, including this bizarre hoop-like affair.
'Team Adrenalize' were in attendance.
Curious Chinese kite.
The photos don't really do the day justice because the sky was absolutely filled with kites, some so high in the air that you could barely see them.
Hovering butterfly kite.
Hundreds of kites filled the sky.
Admiring the view.
Young wannabe kite flyers (we weren't quite sure how that round thing could ever hope to get airborne).
Chips and kites.
Stunt kit flying.
Ready for take off.
A fish, a butterfly and a flying octopus.
Hand written under the word 'Britain' on this guy's red tracksuit top you could just make out the words, "Last Hope,".
The enormous queue for the ice cream.
A late entrant to the skies was Ruby's natty triplane affair, which proved to be a good flyer.
I even got to take control of a kite for the first time in decades and learnt just how fraught with double entendres the world of kiting is ("you have to tug it to make it stay up", "keep pulling on it and it will rise...." etc etc).
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