Colourful hot air balloons filled the sky above Bristol this morning as part of a four-day festival in honour of the aircraft. See video and more pictures on the ITV West website.
The colourful fleet of balloons ascended from Grenville Park in Bristol for an hour-long flight to mark the start of 34th year of the fiesta.
Today's flight was a curtain-raiser for the main four-day event - the Bristol International** **Balloon Fiesta - which takes place between August 9 and 12.
Chris Hathaway, the chairman of the organising committee, promised an "unforgettable weekend" including "some great night glows, huge mass ascents and a new aerobatics display on the Sunday".