Bristol’s 39th International Balloon Fiesta gets under way – BBC News

Image caption The annual Bristol International balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual event with more then 130 balloons taking part

The night sky was lit up at the start of Bristol’s annual four-day International Balloon Fiesta.

Thousands headed to Ashton Court for the nightglow on Thursday night, where tethered balloons light their burners in time to music.

The event, now in its 39th year, is Europe’s largest balloon festival.

More than 130 balloons are at the festival but the first mass ascent was cancelled because it was too windy.

Don Cameron, founder of Bristol-based manufacturer Cameron Balloons, said it was “terrible” but the event was “weather independent”.

“This weekend it looks as if Friday morning is hopeful but Friday night and Saturday morning might not be so good,” he said.

“Saturday evening going into Sunday is forecast to be very good. The golden rule – we’re learning – is to never write it off.”

The event is due to run until Sunday with another nightglow and fireworks display planned for Saturday night.

Image caption Despite poor conditions, the nightglow went ahead with dozens of tethered balloons firing up their burners in time to music
Image caption The first mass ascent of the 39th annual fiesta had to be cancelled due to the weather
Image caption Another nightglow and a fireworks display is planned for Saturday night

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