Late lift off for balloons

Published on: 26 Aug 2016

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Spectators at the Balloon FiestaThe 39th event in what is surely the best ballooning gathering in the world, finally wowed South Bristol – despite disappointment when high winds meant balloons could not take off until Saturday evening.

Being robbed of two of the four days’ ballooning did not dampen the joy when they did take off, however. The 100,000 at Ashton Court enjoyed not only hot air balloons but aerial acrobatics, powered parasailing, a giant water slide and circus events from Cirque Bijou.

Fewer takeoffs – a total of 267 this year – meant entries to our photo competition were fewer than last year. But the quality was high, and Greenwoods estate agents director James Grimsted will present prizes to our three worthy winners next week.

Balloons inflating at the 2016 Bristol Balloon FiestaFloating over KnowleSunset over South Bristol

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