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Competition runner up Tea Wilson (age 6) from Hempstead Infant School meets the MAD bikes display team who judged her helmet design.

Visitors to this year’s Kites & Bikes festival at Capstone Country Park were undeterred by Sunday’s rain.
Around 350 people attended the event and were treated to amazing mountain bike stunts by the fantastic MAD mountain bike display team. Children also made the most of 25 crazy bikes, bike powered carousel and spin art run by the APE Project.
Families enjoyed the craft and museum tent where they made bird feeders and had the chance to view a range of historic bikes from the Guildhall Museum’s collection.
Four regional kite organisations also braved the elements and were able to fly more than 20 large kites until rain finally stopped play at 2pm.

This year the event included a pre-festival primary schools competition to promote cycle safety by designing a cycle helmet.
And the MAD bikes team were more than happy to judge the 170 entries on display in the craft tent.
Pupils from St Margaret’s at Troy Town School and Hempstead Infants schools won prizes to see the Christmas shows at The Brook Theatre – The Little Lost Frog – and The Central Theatre panto – Cinderella. Runners up received kites.

Event organiser Allison Young said: “We were thrilled that people made the most of the free event and came to enjoy the many attractions on offer, as well as enjoy the lovely surroundings of Capstone Park and its great cycle trails. A huge thanks to all involved.”

Picture caption: Competition runner up Tea Wilson (age 6) from Hempstead Infant School meets the MAD bikes display team who judged her helmet design.

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