Kite flying interest still high

Kite flying remains a favourite pastime for many Barbadians, especially this time of year.

And at least two groups are ensuring that they keep the loved tradition alive while passing on the art of making kite to the younger generation.

To culminate the Easter festivities today the Rotaract Club of South Barbados held a kite making and kite flying competition at the Weymouth playing field.

Xavier Alexander and Rachel Broome of Queen's College captured second place.
Xavier Alexander and Rachel Broome of Queen’s College captured second place.

The competition, which is for secondary school students and is in its fifth year, saw four teams taking part – the Ann Hill School, Queen’s College, Harrison College and the St Michael School.

Public relations officer of the Club Karen Perch told Barbados TODAY that the aim was to pass on the tradition of kite making and kite flying. As such the children took part in a number of workshops over the past month.

“I find every year it is still a challenge. You find young people going more towards the use of technological gadgets. So people don’t necessarily see the importance of passing on some Bajan traditions,” said Perch, adding that in previous years they saw a number of repeat students.

Oneil Holder (left) and Nicholas Daisley (right) of the Ann Hill School celebrate their victory with Kyle Hall.
Oneil Holder (left) and Nicholas Daisley (right) of the Ann Hill School celebrate their victory with Kyle Hall.

Oneil Holder and Nicholas Daisley of the Ann Hill School walked away with first prize while Queen’s College’s Xavier Alexander and Rachel Broome took second place.

Third place went to first-timers Harrison College and fourth place went to the team from the St Michael School.

Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss also held his constituency’s annual kite flying festival at the Wanstead Park.

“I really hope that we are able to find ways of ensuring that we continue to identify and build upon what is Barbadian, to be able to tell our young people why it is that it is so unique,” he said.

Some of the boys and men in the St James South constituency enjoying a game of cricket at the Wanstead Park.
Some of the boys and men in the St James South constituency enjoying a game of cricket at the Wanstead Park.

3 Responses to Kite flying interest still high

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 6, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    So proud to see Kite flying tradition is being maintained. Well done to both young men.

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  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes April 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I remember making them out of coconut leaves and plywood too. Cutting up sheets for tails.

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  3. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer April 6, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    We made trash bone kites too, which flew extremely well .

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