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Balloon festival organisers remain hopeful despite weekend dogged by high winds

Northampton Balloon Festival dogged by high winds Credit: ITV Anglia

The organisers of the Northampton Balloon Festival are hoping the winds will drop to allow some flying this afternoon.

So far not one balloon has left the ground - for the first time in the event's 27 year history.

Organisers will be getting a fresh forecast for the Billing Aquadrome area at 1pm and say they hope winds will fall off.

People have still been visiting the festival's other attractions and last night 26 balloon baskets were lit up as part of the event.

Hoping to lift off- Northampton's Balloon Festival delayed by the British weather!

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Organisers of the 27th Northampton Balloon Festival say they're hoping the weather will improve over the weekend.

Balloons were due to start flying this morning but because of incoming wind and rain they had to stay grounded.

Weather permitting lift off could happen at six in the mornings and evenings over the weekend.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper...

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Organisers of Balloon Festival hoping for the weather to improve

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Organisers of the 27th Northampton Balloon Festival say they're hoping the weather will improve over the weekend.

Balloons were due to start flying this morning but because of incoming wind and rain they had to stay grounded.

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Organisers say they're keeping their fingers crossed things the weather improve over the weekend.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 27th anniversary. Thousands of people are expected to attend.

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'Up and away' for Northampton's Balloon Festival

Last year's festival Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hot air balloons from all over the country will gather today for Northampton's annual Balloon Festival.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 27th anniversary.

Thousands of people are expected to attend over the weekend.

Northampton Balloon Festival 2015 Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The balloonists are excited about the annual event giving both local and others from further afield the chance to flying above the Northamptonshire countryside. This continues with the support provided by Billing Aquadrome for the last seven years, since the event moved from the Racecourse in 2009."

– Spokesperson for the balloon festival

7 year old Jacob has one of his dreams come true

Jacob with officers from Northamptonshire police Credit: Northamptonshire police

A 7-year-old boy with terminal cancer who set himself a bucket list challenge has seen one of his dreams come true in Northampton.

Jacob Rhodes set a goal of joining a police chase. He went out on a speedway track in Corby with the county police force and helped to apprehend a pretend criminal.

Jacob has been given five years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Jacob's day out took place as part of an annual event at the racetrack organised by Sporting Bears.

"You’re not going to forget something like this. Just to live a normal life. Just to be happy for a day, it’s amazing.”

– Sarah, Jacob's mum

"It was immensely rewarding to see this little boy enjoy himself and to be a part of his happiness.”

– PC Ruth Vickery

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Do EU still love me? Brexit's putting a strain on our relationships

Counsellors in Cambridge say Brexit is often cited as a reason for arguments. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

It certainly put a strain on our political parties - now counsellors in Cambridgeshire say Brexit is causing problems in our relationships too.

Relate, in Cambridge, has found many couples coming to see them are citing the result of the EU referendum as one of the causes of tensions for them.

"Clients don't always come with one specific issue and they don't always present with the issue that's really bugging them.

"I think all these things are going on under the surface and I think how a couple or a family manages differences of opinion is key to an issue like this."

– Elaine Taylor, Cambridge Relate.

But it is not just differences of opinion over which way to vote that has caused problems - worries about the future are an ongoing reason for disagreements.

Matthew Hudson reports.

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