Despite gusting winds of around 50 miles per hour and the constant threat of rain hundreds of Walmer children and their parents defied the elements and turned up to Walmer Green on Saturday for the first ever Walmer Parish Council Children’s Festival.
Councillor Mrs Marguerite Beard-Gould, chairman of the Council’s Events Committee explained the idea behind the festival. “We saw there was an opportunity to develop the increasingly popular Kites on the Beach Day which the Parish Council has been organising for the past three years. The addition of face painting, a circus skills workshop, children’s craft lessons, storytelling and several fairground attractions built the event up into a largely free event for local families to enjoy.”
Councillors from the Parish Council were present to make and lend out kites to children attending so that they could learn for themselves the joys of kite flying.
Kent Kite Flyers who provide the giant kites including elephants, dragons and other monsters were present but the high winds prevented them from flying any of their popular giant kites.
Among those flying the kites were four of the young supporters of the Deal Regatta Queen and her princesses who, despite wearing their ceremonial gowns and tiaras could not resist the chance to go fly a kite.
So they did – they went straight to the Walmer Parish Council shelter and were given kites to fly.
Meanwhile the Regatta Queen and her princesses made one little girl’s day complete when they knelt down to answer her questions and tell her what it was like to be chosen as the Queen and Princesses.
Despite all the drawbacks children and their families managed to have a really enjoyable day with queues for all the attractions and the sentiment expressed by many to Walmer Parish Council staff – “Can’t wait for next year!”.