As previously published the day after the Walmer Festival, KKF will hold their annual Memorial Fly at Teston Country Park Teston Bridge on A26 from Maidstone, from around 11am. Parking is in the main carpark, and there is a charge for the whole day, last year it was £2. There are no outlets for food, but last year there was a coffee and icecream outlet. Public toilets on site.
For new members and others who do not know the history of this day. The second weekend in June was in the past The Little Teston Kite Weekend, organised by Ron and Pat Dell who traded as Kiteability. The weekend became less popular and so it gradually moved to one day fly, with the efforts made on the second weekend in August which KKF now coordinate.
The June Sunday became a memorial fly after the passing of Ron Dell, Pat had sadly passed on a few years previously, to commenorate the two of them. This has developed to be a memorial fly for members and other flyers who have also passed. This year we will be also remembering those well known flyers within the kiting community, Ray Bethell and Gayle Woodul.
I have a good friend who died just over a year ago in May 2018. His name was Ashley Ware-Lane. Les Smith will also be remembered by me as will Phil Scarf, Jon Stott and many more. Let's not be specific about the 'Ron Dell Dell Memorial Fly' but fly for ALL kiters who are no longer with us.
Well, were two days ever so different! Saturday's extreme winds replaced by very little at all. Despite weather Apps stating that winds of 9 mph were in evidence the Kent Kite Picnickers met in a near windless Teston Country Park for a so called fly-in. Sit in more like it. We did fly something eventually in the last hour or so of the day when the wind picked up ever so slightly. (Hold the front page, Peter was actually seen launching his least favourite kite the Trilobite) Thanks to Malcolm, Peter, Simon, Adrian & family & Martin who joined Barbara & I for a delightful warm Sunday afternoon at a beautiful location.