VIDEO: Hapton’s first kite festival is a success

The sky above Hapton was filled with colour as the village’s first ever kite festival took off.

Hapton Heritage Group organised the event as part of their bid to involve the community in discovering more about the area’s history.

Erin Greenwood and Katrina Mullen from the Splash Club along with David Greenwood and Liz Buckley at the Hapton Kite Festival.'Photo Ben Parsons

Erin Greenwood and Katrina Mullen from the Splash Club along with David Greenwood and Liz Buckley at the Hapton Kite Festival.'Photo Ben Parsons

Young and old enjoyed flying an array of beautiful kites and while others watched, some took in the other attractions on show including a birds of prey exhibition, medieval re-enactments and food stalls.

Burnley Alliance Silver Band entertained the crowds with a few number and Mrs Jennifer Butterfield, a member of Heritage Hapton Group committee, said: “It’s been a really good event. It’s the first major event we’ve held. Traditionally Hapton is renowned for being a very windy area and so that is why we thought a kite festival would be a good idea.”

Mrs Sheila Livesey, another member of the group, added: “We received around £37,000 of funding through the Lottery two years ago, to be used to look into the history and the heritage of Hapton. We’ve got lots more things lined up including an exhibition detailing the area’s history and a some walking trails.”

The festival was also used to launch the group’s website which can be found at www.haptonheritage.co.uk.

Organisers hope to trace three winners of the flying prize who were Blossom Pang (5), Chloe Lune (10) and Ella Hyatt (12). To claim your trophies contact Joan Lakeland on 01282 779690.