Hot air balloons take to the sky over Bristol for four-day fiesta

Hot air balloons fly over Bristol Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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.

A hot air balloon flies over streets of terraced houses in Bristol Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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.

A perfect view of Bristol's skyline Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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.

Hot air balloons fly over the river Avon in Bristol Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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".

Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge can be seen behind this hot air balloon Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire