Exmouth Kite Festival 2013 cancelled

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By PGStrange | Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 12:18

THIS YEAR'S Exmouth Kite Festival – due to take place on 8 and 9 June – has been cancelled. The news means that local charities, including Children's Hospice South West, could lose up to £10,000 in donations...

The Kite Festival's organizers say that the cancellation was due to ongoing engineering works at Exmouth's Imperial Recreation Ground, "major obstacles" to overcome at an alternative site and a lack of sponsors. They hope that the festival will take place again in 2014.

The Exmouth Kite Festival has been run successfully for the past six years on the Imperial Rec Ground, raising more than £60,000 for local charities. A key event in Exmouth's calendar, it has often followed on from the Exmouth Festival, with the two events combining for a large joint concert.

Main problem

News of the cancellation came with a statement on the Rotary Club's website. Malcolm Pressey, Chairman of the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District Kite Festival Committee, said, "We have been faced with a number of difficulties this year. The main problem is that East Devon District Council are due to start work soon on major essential works to rectify pollution problems that exist on the Imperial Recreation Ground. It cannot be guaranteed that the site can be made available for us in June 2013.

"Added to this, the ability to attract sponsors in these financially constrained times has been a challenge and our aim to raise money for various charities was being put in jeopardy."

Pros and cons

Malcolm thanked Nigel Lee and his family who had offered the organizers an alternative site at Lympstone. "However after considering all of the pros and cons it became clear to us that there were still major obstacles to overcome, leaving us with no alternative other than to cancel the event."

Malcolm also thanked everyone who has "helped us to promote and organise the last six kite festivals. In particular it would not have been possible to raise as much for charity without the generous support of our sponsors and attendance of thousands of adults and children coming along to enjoy this popular event.

"We know that many people have enjoyed the annual kite festival, and we hope to be able to bring it back to Exmouth in 2014 once the Imperial Recreation Ground has been reinstated to a usable condition and hopefully the economic situation will have improved such that much needed sponsorship is again forthcoming."

      

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