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Sky's the limit for Castlerock festival's kite flyers

By Joanne Fleming

IT may look like a massive cartoon tiger about to pounce on unsuspecting spectators – but this flying feline is just stringing you along.

It was part of the wonderful kaleidoscope of kites that took to the skies of Castlerock yesterday, providing an aerial show full of stunning shapes and colours.

With Mussenden Temple as the backdrop, hundreds enjoyed the display as experts worked their magic in the air for the Kite Festival at Downhill Demesne, Co Londonderry.

Mythical creatures and a variety of animals flew overhead, with dragons, sharks, giant crabs and oversized dogs proving popular with the many children in attendance.

Highlights included a synchronised Pirates of the Caribbean-themed display to music by the 'Fusion' team, who were among the many kite flyers over from England for the day.

Events also included a Wild Geese parachute display, blo-karting demonstrations and a hot air balloon display.

Toby Edwards, National Trust Site Manager for Downhill Demesne, described the kite festival as a "fantastic day out for everyone".

"The festival isn't just about watching the professionals," he said. "You can bring your own kite, make one on the day or buy one from the experts and fly it in the wonderful landscape of Downhill Demesne."

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