Weymouth kite festival 'saved in principle'

A lizard kite at Weymouth Kite Festival
Image caption The two-day International Beach Kite Festival has been running since 1990

Weymouth's kite festival has been "saved in principle", say organisers of the town's carnival who have volunteered to run it.

The borough council plans to cut funding for the festival and some of the town's summer fireworks displays to save £20,000 a year.

Mike McManus, from Weymouth Carnival Committee, made the offer at a public meeting earlier.

The council has welcomed the move and a final decision is expected in February.

'High as a kite'

The authority said by cutting funding for the two-day International Beach Kite Festival in May it would save about £9,200.

By reducing the number of summer firework displays, which take place every Monday in August, to one during Weymouth Carnival, it would also save £11,300.

Mr McManus said he was as "high as a kite" following the meeting at Weymouth Pavilion and said the group also hoped to save the fireworks.

He added funding for the festival would be raised through sponsorship and said extra trade stands would be brought in to cover running costs.

Ian Bruce, head of tourism and culture at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said he was "delighted" the committee had stepped in.

"Weymouth Carnival Committee has a wealth of contacts and experience which it brings to the table," he said.

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