After attending 'Catch the Wind' kite festival in Morecambe, Craig and Sue were bitten by the kite flying bug and SmileFactor10 was born. With honorary members, Pat and Bob, they have been flying a variety of display kites at music festivals, Northern Kite Group events and at their own kite events for over 5 years, and have recently started to make their own kites. Last year saw the introduction of a hippo family, with 2012 welcoming a 32 foot big brother to the collection. Their display will also include children's favourite - ground bouncing ladybirds, a scuba diver, and a string of flying dogs by international flyer Dave Holt.
Dave Holt is a talented UK kite designer who has been building and flying kites for many years. He has been an inspiration to many with creations including Thunderbirds, Wallace and Grommit, The Pegasus, Skippy the Dog and many more too numerous to mention. As a festival organiser and compare Dave is well known throughout the UK and Europe. With Morecambe 'Catch The Wind' kite festival, Wirral International Festival and St Annes kite festival under his belt, we would have been lost without his knowledge and support.
Andrew and Kathleen Beattie. This dynamic duo are in high demand at festival and events. They have amassed a large collection of spectacular display kites many of which are designed by world famous designer, Peter Lynn. They fly their giant kites in "stacks" to give the maximum impact in any space available and are part of the Kuwaiti Al-Farsi Kite Team which fly the world’s largest kite, "Little Pearl" a giant inflatable kite at 1200 square meters. When he's not flying, Andrew is also renowned for his stunning kite photography. Visit their website for more fabulous photos of their truly spectacular kites.
Skyartists kite display team were formed in 2004 at the Sunderland International Kite Festival. They travel the UK and abroad with their huge collection of display kites, beautiful kite trains and a spectacular 40ft Chinese Dragon. In 2012, we welcome Jim and Vanessa Potts, Keith Proctor and Lorna Carpenter to St Annes Kite Festival where they will also run the teddy parachute drop - Don't forget to bring your teddy!
Wigsley Wings kite display team have many years of experience in flying multi-line and single-line kites at kite events and festivals all over the UK and Europe. Guaranteed to fill the skies with huge inflatables, they will be showcasing the biggest kite in the UK and their latest cuttlefish creation from international kite designer, Peter Lynn. Check out their website to see the some of the kites that could be flying in the skies over St Annes.
Kelvin Woods crafts kites from shades of fabric to create images of iconic people. 'The Greatest', an Edo kite with an image of Mohamed Ali, was runner up in the 2005 International Kite Builder, Kite of the Year competition. The next year Kelvin took the first prize with 'The Man in Black', an Edo with an image of Johnny Cash. Johnny's brother Tommy Cash liked the image so much Kelvin made him a replica. His latest creation is a tribute to Debbie Harry. Kelvin is also famous for his colourful butterflies – each representing a real butterfly (Swallow Tail, Monarch, Red Admiral, Painted Lady).