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Glowing pictures of last night's Balloon Fiesta opening

Bristol balloon fiesta opened in style last night. Credit: Aaron Sims
Thousands of people went to Ashton Court to watch the spectacle. Credit: Aaron Sims
40 hot air balloons were lit up in time to music. Credit: Aaron Sims

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We want to see your Bristol Balloon Fiesta pictures!

Some of the ITV News West Country team have been out and about taking pictures at this year's Balloon Fiesta:

Kylie heads to the Balloon Fiesta (and takes a few selfies along the way)

Up, up and away! Stunning aerial pictures of Bristol

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Some of the ITV West Country team pause for a selfie at Night glow. Credit: ITV West Country / Sarah Norman

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Up, up and away! Stunning aerial pictures of Bristol

One of our team was up bright and early this morning, taking an early balloon flight over the city, for the start of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015.

Laura took to the skies in the Jones Lang LaSalle balloon and managed to take some incredible aerial shots of the city.

Here are just some of the pictures she took for you to enjoy:

The view from up above looking down on the Balloon Fiesta. Credit: Laura Heads
Plenty of other balloons in the distance. Credit: Laura Heads
Watching the sun rise over the city of Bristol. Credit: Laura Heads
Have you ever seen Bristol look more beautiful in the early morning sun? Credit: Laura Heads
Look at all that colour! An array of different shaped hot air balloons. Credit: Laura Heads

Solar-powered hot air balloon makes its debut flight

First solar-powered hot air balloon gets the go ahead to make its maiden flight. Credit: ITV West Country / Richard Payne

The first solar-powered hot air balloon in the world has made its debut flight at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Sunny weather meant the hybrid ballon could make its maiden flight this morning, to mark the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green Capital.

The balloon is partially powered by the sun and a conventional propane burner.

Constructed by Cameron Balloons in Bristol, it has been made using panels of fabric, which are specifically designed to soak in the sun’s rays.

Kylie heads to the Balloon Fiesta (and takes a few selfies along the way!)

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta launched in style with its famous Night glow opener.

Thousands of people made the trip to the Ashton Court Estate to watch 40 hot air balloons being lit up in time to music.

And our very own Kylie Pentelow was there to soak up the atmosphere...

Snapping away with those two penguin balloons in the background. Credit: Kylie Pentelow
The sun was shining for the start of the 37th International Balloon Fiesta. Credit: Kylie Pentelow
Sunglasses are on for the next balloon selfie! Credit: Kylie Pentelow
Hot air balloon inspired by the Walt Disney film Up. Credit: Kylie Pentelow
It's getting dark - time for those hot air balloons to glow! Credit: Kylie Pentelow
A spectacle for the eyes and ears at the magical Nightglow. Credit: Kylie Pentelow

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Pictures: First fiesta balloon is prepared for take off

The International Balloon Fiesta launches this evening in Bristol with around 30 shaped balloons expected to take to the skies.

ITV West Country was there to capture pictures of the very first balloon being inflated, before it takes to the skies:

SM Gauge Balloon from JHA Associates Ltd being inflated. Credit: Aaron Sims
The Fiesta is now in its 37th year. Credit: Aaron Sims
Weather permitting the balloons will be launched from the Ashton Court Estate. Credit: Aaron Sims

Clifton Suspension Bridge to close during Balloon Fiesta

Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed tonight from 6pm. Credit: PA

Clifton Suspension Bridge is to be closed tonight as the Bristol Balloon Fiesta Night Glow event begins in the city.

The bridge master David Anderson, confirmed that it will close to all pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles for two evenings during the Fiesta.

He has urged people to plan ahead if they are attending the evening events on Thursday 6th August and Saturday 8th August.

Bridge closure times will be:

  • Thursday 6th August from 6pm until midnight
  • Saturday 8th August from 6pm until midnight

Bristol Balloon Fiesta to launch this evening

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta launches this evening with around 30 shaped balloons expected to take to the skies.

30 shaped balloons will be hoping to take off from Ashton Court Estate. Credit: ITV West Country

The Fiesta is now in its 37th year and the free event is expected to attract half a million people over the next four days in the city.

Balloon Fiesta Night Glow will be happening this evening. Credit: ITV West Country

The balloons will be launched from the Ashton Court Estate.

Director Ben Hardy says they're hoping the weather will be spot on:

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