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World's best heading for Wirral kite festival.

KITE enthusiasts from all over the world will head to Merseyside this weekend for Wirral's annual kite festival.

Colourful creations from more than 40 kite flyers will take to the skies at New Brighton Dips on Saturday and Sunday for the Kites Over The Mersey - Wirral International Kite Festival.

Now in its ninth year, the free event attracts top kite flyers from the Far East, Australia and Europe because of the perfect flying conditions on the breezy Dips.

International visitors this year will include Robert Brassington, of Tasmania; Ron and Baew Spaulding, of Thailand; and Anna and Diety Gispen, of Holland. From the UK, there will be appearances by Andrew and Kathleen Beattie and their collection of giant inflatable kites and Malcolm Goodman with his Chinese Dragon kites.

Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council's cabinet member for culture, tourism and leisure, said: "This is one of the most spectacular events on our calendar. I defy anyone who visits to go home without wanting to have a go themselves."

The festival is open from 11am to 4.30pm.

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Kites fill the sky over Fort Perch Rock, in New Brighton, ahead of the International Kite Festival Picture: PAUL HEAPS/ ph090611postcard
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jun 10, 2011
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