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Discussion in 'Bristol' started by Aviador, Jan 19, 2009.

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    I said to my wife about a month ago that the good and settled weather would break for the Balloon Fiesta weekend. It seems from memory (not always sound the older one gets) that for every decent balloon weekend there are two or three not so good. Don Cameron, the main founder of the Fiesta, was on Radio Bristol this morning and said that he could not remember a Fiesta where there had been no mass ascents. He is hopeful for this evening and for tomorrow morning. After that the weather looks downhill, especailly Sunday.

    This morning's mass ascent was apparently cancelled because of the threat of showers which can create wind gusts making landing very hazardous. As is the way of these things I don't think there were any showers until after the balloons would have landed.
     
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    International Balloon Fiesta

    The first (and probably the last this year) mass ascent took place this morning with 108 balloons taking to the sky. Wind direction took them over the north of the city on a still and sunny morning although, ironically and perversely, there was so little wind that some struggled to remain airborne and got no further than The Downs.

    On a sadder note, a pedestrian was fatally injured overnight in nearby Abbots Leigh Road which remains closed with a consequent effect on those attending the fiesta.

    It's now overcast and drizzly in my part of south Bristol and the forecast for the rest of the day and for tomorrow is not encouraging so far as mass ascents are concerned.
     
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    The 40th anniversary Fiesta will not be remembered as a vintage one. After such a long hot, dry and settled summer the Fiesta had the bad luck to come along just as the good weather came to an end. Only one of the seven mass ascents took place and even the Balloon Night Glow on Saturday evening was downgraded as it was too windy for the balloon canopies to take part. Instead the crowd had to make do with the burners jigging in time with music.
     
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