15th Streatham Common Kite Day
The 15th Streatham Common Kite Day was postponed from its original date 7th April due to a waterlogged venue and was held in June for the first time.
The Kite Day had mixed weather, starting cloudy but with a brisk 12mph breeze. This got lighter during the day, dropping to less than 5mph by the end of the afternoon, making it difficult for some of the kite fliers. But at least by then the sun was shining.
Team Spectrum pulled out all the stops to do their very best in the conditions, and when the wind did come up the sky was instantly filled with a wonderful display of kites. Visual treats included Stephen Hodges' bird kites and the flying of a large Nasa wing. Luckily we had a large contingent of Indian kite flyers who were also able to fly in the very light winds. Roy Reed provided a show of expert trick flying which went down very well.
We had plenty of food stalls, gazebos and displays relating to local matters to keep people interested while enjoying the sunshine – and waiting for the wind to come up. Dr Bike who, came for the first time,were busy with on the spot maintenance and advice, and are coming back next year as well.
There are photos of the 2013 Kite Day in the gallery, together with an archive of earlier photos and posters.
The dates for the 16th Kite Day in 2014 will be posted later this year.