World’s best kite flyers land in park

Godfrey and Karen Gamble.
Godfrey and Karen Gamble.

The skies above Bedford will be a riot of colour over the Bank Holiday weekend as some of the world’s leading kite flyers gather for the International Kite Festival.

The event in Russell Park will feature kites from the four corners of the globe including America, Canada, Japan, China, Germany, France Holland and Belgium as well as flyers from across the UK.

Visitors will be able to see beautiful appliquéd kites by Bas and Sara Vreeswijk, from Holland, and those made by Australian duo Godfrey and Karen Gamble, who won ‘best in show’ at Bondi Beach’s Festival of the Winds.

Also flying will be Iqbal Husain from Switzerland.

He learnt his kite-making craft from master kite builders in Japan and is renowned for his Centipede Kites.

These are long strings of many individual kites, designed to amuse onlookers.

One has a chicken at the front with a train of eggs frying in pans, and another features a cow’s head, with 70 beef burgers for the body.

The kite festival is free to attend and features workshops for children and adults, as well as kites never seen in the UK.

The festival is open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, May 24, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday, May 25.

For more information on the event visit www.bedford