On Saturday 8th June we were booked to fly on Walmer beach as part of kites on the beach. We arrived, along with our friends from the Essex Kite Group. Unfortunately we were also joined by an uninvited guest in the shape of storm Miguel. The result was winds reaching about 40kph, far to high to safely fly any of the display kites. Fortunately, the predicted rainfall stayed away. During the afternoon we could see a squall over Thanet, and dark clouds all around us, but we stayed in reasonable sunshine for most of the day. Despite the weather conditions we were joined by a good crow of people who came to try to fly kites, whether already owned, purchased, or made, on the day. We were also briefly joined by the Deal carnival queen and her princesses. We did manage to fly some kites that could cope with the high blustery conditions, but unfortunately not put on the display that we hoped for.

Sunday was planned to be the Teston Bridge memorial fly. The second weekend in June used to be the little Teston kite weekend. However, increasing costs now restrict the festival to the single large kite weekend on the second weekend in August. We now fly at Teston on the second Sunday in June in memory of long-time organisers, Pat and Ron Dell, and all other kite flyers we have lost over the years. But what a difference a day makes. Saturday in Maidstone had seen high winds and about an inch of rain, Sunday was a much brighter day with absolutely no wind. But still several members made the effort to try to fly kites.