AN ARRAY of colourful kites took to the air at Shoreham College on Friday, to raise money for charity.
The Young Epilepsy Kite Project was organised by Shoreham College Parents’ Association and involved all age groups at the school, in St Julian’s Lane, Shoreham.
Pupils were asked to make a kite using the college colours of black, white and purple, and pay £5 to fly it in the competition, judged by Brighton Kite Flyers chairman Simon Hennessey and member Alan Reynolds.
Mr Hennessey said: “It is fantastic to see all the children out enjoying themselves.
“Seeing them out making kites, it is brilliant. It is the progression of our sport forwards. They are the ones who are going to come along and carry it on.”
Prizes were awarded for the best design in four key stage groups. Winners were twins Alexa and Lily Radford in key stage one, Lucia Penfold in key stage two, Archie Aldiss in key stage three, and Daniel Ferrari in key stage four.
Daniel, 14, said: “I love kites, they are fantastic things and I went to the kite festival in July.
“Whenever I have seen kites, I notice the ones that work really well are the big delta kites, so I got the design idea from that.
“When I had made it, I could not get it into the car, so I adapted it and made it so it could be rolled up.”
Best wipeout went to Elliot Fleming, although the judges were keen to award the prize to staff member Julian Batstone after several comical attempts at kite flying.
There was also a prize for best unaided flight, which went to Oliver Faragher.
Mr Hennessey said: “Oliver’s kite was flying before we even started and it was still flying at the end.”
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