Photos: 18,000 turn out as kite festival hits the heights

The sky is the limit for a Morecambe festival after its 12th annual event pulled 18,000 to town.

Estimates are that the ‘Catch the Wind’ kite festival drew 10,000 people on Saturday and 8,000 on Sunday.

Morecambe Kite Festival (Sunday).'Pictured are Lesley Pelter with her daughter Lola Rose Sherwin aged 2.'28th June 2015

Morecambe Kite Festival (Sunday).'Pictured are Lesley Pelter with her daughter Lola Rose Sherwin aged 2.'28th June 2015

Last year’s kite festival was hailed by The Visitor as “the best ever” but organisers More Music believe the 2015 version has topped it.

Families flew colourful kites on the beach near the Midland Hotel while crowds enjoyed live music outside the Platform.

“We were really really pleased with the amount of people who came and also the weather,” said Sandra Wood from More Music.

“It’s definitely growing each year.

“On Sunday the weather wasn’t looking very good but the forecast was it would improve by 12 so we held our nerve.”

The kite festival kicked off on Saturday with Samba music from the Baybeat Band.

Other acts performing on Saturday were garage rock duo The Situates, singer Mikey Kenney, Bollywood brass band Dhamak Beats, folk duo The Hut People, Sao Paulo beat boxer, tap dancer and juggler Rafe Musicircus and new age synth pop trio Schooltrip.

On Sunday the acts included Red hippo, Maia, the Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble, Dread Supreme, LYVE and Cumbrian Gaita Band.

Throughout the weekend there was also street entertainment from Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus and Dom-Tink, craft workshops, a funfair, bouncy castles, face painting and food stalls.