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President, Prime Minister Take Part in Good Friday Tradition With AM-Bush-Thatcher, Bjt

April 13, 1990

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) _ President Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher interrupted their discussions about global issues Friday to take part in a tradition of Bermuda - flying a kite on Good Friday.

The leaders were in good cheer as they greeted a group of 20 children on the grounds of Government House, where the two were holding a day of talks.

The president and the prime minister took the strings of kites that already were aloft in 30 mph winds. Bush maneuvered his with a pumping motion; Mrs. Thatcher used a gentler easing of the string.

One of the children, 10-year-old Matthew Figueiredo, said Bush told the youngsters that he kept a couple of Chinese kites at the White House and that, ″if it were a bit calmer, it would be perfect for flying kites.″

The tradition of Good Friday kite flying was started by a Sunday school teacher seeking to explain to his students Christ’s ascension into heaven.

En route to Bermuda, Bush had told reporters that he has a ″large inventory of kites.″

″I’m often told to go fly my kite,″ he said.

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