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Colourful kites soar across Scammonden reservoir

The South Pennines’ International Kite Festival, Fly! got off to a flyer last Friday as colourful kites decorated the skies at Scammonden reservoir.

Members from Kirklees WomenCentre and S2R, a Huddersfield mental health charity, turned up to the creative event to celebrate the artwork they had already made and to make and fly mini kites with their families.

Participants worked with Handmade Parade artists Bee Jasko and Jude Wadley to collaboratively make a giant kite, inspired by the ' Barriletes Gigantes' (giant kites) made in Guatamala, and fish windsocks, inspired by 'Koinobori' from Japan.

The fun day out was in support of Fly!, which is a unique community engagement project in partnership with Handmade Parade, Yorkshire Water and Pennine Prospects. It aims to use the arts and kite making to encourage more local people from all backgrounds to explore the stunning South Pennine landscape.
 
Jude Wadley, Community Engagement Manager at Handmade Parade, explained: “We’d like to thank all those who turned up to the event which was a great success and helped to fuse creativity and the splendour of the South Pennine landscape together to the benefit of people’s health and well-being.”

Further kite flying events across Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford are planned in collaboration with local groups, communities and businesses over the next year which will culminate in a Fly! festival finale in September 2018.

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