Kites bring a bit of fun in strange times’
Closures of beaches and parks were not enough to keep kites out of the air as the island celebrated Good Friday.
While families were forced to avoid their usual gathering places because of restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak, many chose to fly kites from their yards.
The sound of kite hummers rang throughout the island during the day, and traditional Bermuda kites hovered overhead.
Donald Simmons, from Pembroke, said the close quarters and strong winds made it tricky to get his kite in the air, but he was happy to help keep the tradition alive.
Mr Simmons said: “I do this every year. We usually go down to the beach where there’s a bit more space.
“The idea of not doing it never crossed my mind.”
Jeff Conyers also ran into difficulties, as his Bermuda kite landed in the branches of a tree in his front yard.
He said: “The wind is very tricky below, but strong up top, so once it’s up it goes crazy. You have to be a little lucky.
“We usually go to a nice, flat open area with lots of people. Our yard is beautiful, but it’s not ideal for flying kites. We did get one up earlier, so we’re at 50/50.”
He added: “This is the best holiday of the year. I even like the sound of the buzzers. It’s a bit of fun in strange times.”
Other long-held Bermuda traditions continued unscathed, with many residents enjoying fishcakes and hot cross buns from their yards.
Judith Douglas said her family usually spends the holiday on the beach, but they had to settle for their patio this year.
Mrs Douglas said: “It’s a bit smaller than usual and a bit quieter than usual, but the sun is out. There are kites in the air, we’ve got our fishcakes. It’s Good Friday.”
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