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Northampton Balloon Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary

Northampton Balloon Festival.
Northampton Balloon Festival. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

More than 40 hot air balloons from across the country have gathered in Northampton for the start of the town's balloon festival.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

At 6am today, the balloons took off for their first flight.

They will fly again at 6pm and the festival runs until Sunday.

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Northampton Balloon Festival is well underway

Reporter Olivia Paterson and cameraman Jonathon Stevens have been up, up and away in a hot air balloon to get some fantastic shots of the festival.

Olivia Paterson tweets from the Northampton balloon festival

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Almost our turn now. In just a few minutes we'll be high over Northamptonshire @itvanglia http://t.co/FCF6nar1f7

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Pilots briefing underway. Conditions looking good. About 20 balloons expected to take off this morning @itvanglia http://t.co/YmEYuiR0Gi

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Picture: Prince Charles caught blowing a raspberry to the Sandringham crowd (well, almost)

It looked as though Prince Charles was having a bit of fun with the crowd.
It looked as though Prince Charles was having a bit of fun with the crowd. Credit: Keith Robins

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall attended the Sandringham Flower Show yesterday and a picture that was sent into us from the event made us chuckle.

Obviously the Royal pair have impeccable manners, but you wouldn't think so looking at the picture above.

It looks as though Prince Charles' playful side is coming out - maybe having a bit of fun with the crowd?

It turned out to be Camilla's hand, not Charles'!
It turned out to be Camilla's hand, not Charles'! Credit: Keith Robins

But if we zoom out it all becomes clear - it was Camilla's hand, not Charles'.

We wouldn't have thought any less of him if it was our future King's hand!!

Read more: Royal couple attend Flower Show

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Norfolk's "Mini Monet" exhibits work alongside his artistic hero

Kieron Williamson.
Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Norfolk schoolboy dubbed "Mini Monet" is staging his latest summer art exhibition - featuring his own paintings and those of his hero.

Kieron Williamson, who was a multi millionaire at only 11, already has a big collection of work by Edward Seago that he bought with his earnings.

It is now 40 years since the artist's death. He was a favourite of the Queen Mother and taught Prince Philip and Prince Charles to paint.

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