Kite-flying festival is a soaraway success at Souter Lighthouse

James Woods with his Muhammad Ali kite, which was all set to float like a butterfly at Souter Lighthouse.

James Woods with his Muhammad Ali kite, which was all set to float like a butterfly at Souter Lighthouse.

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The only way was up as scores of families paid a flying visit to Souter Lighthouse to make an annual kite festival a soaraway success.

The skies were filled with a rainbow of colours as seasoned kite fliers and newcomers alike turned out for a fun-packed weekend.

Mel Aynsley and grandson Toby Leggett flying high at Souter Lighthouse

Mel Aynsley and grandson Toby Leggett flying high at Souter Lighthouse

From snakes and dragons to ladybirds and Angry Birds, kite of all shapes, sizes, colours and designs got off the ground at the Whitburn visitor attraction both today and on Saturday.

The event was organised by the North East Kite Fliers, who were delighted the event proved a big hit.

Duncan Brown, a member of North East Kite Fliers, said: “The weekend has gone really well.

“We have had fliers come from Bristol and Yorkshire as well as from all over the North East.

We have had a perfect day for kite flying.

Duncan Brown

“We have had a perfect day for kite flying and have put on a programme of displays.”

North East Kite Fliers flying kites at Souter Lighthouse.  Graham Lockwood.

North East Kite Fliers flying kites at Souter Lighthouse. Graham Lockwood.

North East Kite Fliers flying kites at Souter Lighthouse.  Graham Lockwood.

North East Kite Fliers flying kites at Souter Lighthouse. Graham Lockwood.

North East Kite Fliers flying kites at Souter Lighthouse.  British Longline Champion Josh Mitcheson.

North East Kite Fliers flying kites at Souter Lighthouse. British Longline Champion Josh Mitcheson.