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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:


Where can you spot two penguins and a minion? At the Balloon Fiesta of course!

A male and a female penguin will be taking to the skies. Credit: Balloon TV

Final preparations are currently taking place in Bristol for the city's annual International Balloon Fiesta, which begins tomorrow.

Among the hundreds of balloons taking to the skies are two new penguin shapes and the return of a firm crowd favourite, the Minion.

Half a million people are expected at Ashton Court across the next four days.

Stuart the Minion will also feature at the Balloon Fiesta.

Cheltenham man's voice to replace woman at self-service checkouts

Andy Turvey's voice could be in every store in the near future. Credit: ITV West Country

Just how annoyed do you get in Tesco when the woman at the self-service check outs tells you there's an unexpected item in the bagging area?

Some customers have even complained that the female voice is "too bossy" so the supermarket have decided to trial a different voice in some stores.

This time it's a man, rather than a woman's voice has been used and it's Andy Turvey from Cheltenham.

The new recording is supposedly meant to be "friendlier and more helpful".

If the trial is a success then his voice could be used in every store across the country.

What do you think of this decision? Have your say on our Facebook page.

Bristol skyline set to dazzle during lighting show

Lighting up Clifton Suspension Bridge Credit: Bristol 2015

Bristol’s skyline is set to be lit up with two million volts of lightning in a spectacular show, against the backdrop of Bristol’s Queen Square.

It will be the world’s first biofuel pyrotechnics show marking the city’s status as European Green Capital 2015.

It will take place in a month's time and organisers are promising a stunning visual extravaganza.

Clifton Suspension Bridge as you've never seen it Credit: Bristol 2015


Westbury man achieves dream of standing at his wedding

A man from Westbury has achieved his dream of standing at the alter on his wedding day.

Neil Martin woke up 8 years ago unable to walk because of a rare condition called Myotubular Myopothy.

In fact it is so rare is one of only seven people in the world to have this of a rare type of muscular dystrophy.

However, Neil's dream came true when he was able to stand at the alter with bride Ginny thanks to a fundraising effort which helped fund a special wheelchair.

Neil Martin woke up 8 years ago unable to walk because of a rare condition Credit: Neil Martin

The standing frame manual wheelchair can't be funded on the NHS, so Martin and Ginny set up a crowd funding page to raise the £15,000 needed. And as the pictures show, that target was achieved and Martin's dream became a realty.

Fundraisers helped raise £15,000 to turn Martin's dream into a reality Credit: Neil Martin

How hard is it to fly a hot air balloon?

There are just six days till the start of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

During the four day event, over 130 hot air balloons will be appearing in the skies over the city and ITV News West Country will be there to see them.

But just how hard is it to get off the ground? Who asked balloon pilot Simon Askey...

Stunning pictures of this morning's balloon flight

This morning our reporter was invited to go up in a hot air balloon ahead of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place in less than a week's time.

Over 130 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate. Credit: Plaster Communications

Bristol will play host to Europe’s biggest ballooning event taking place from 6th to 9th August 2015.

The event will take place over four days from 6th to 9th August 2015. Credit: Plaster Communications

Over 130 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn and dusk over the four day fiesta.

It's estimated that half a million visitors will watch the balloons fly over Bristol. Credit: Plaster Communications

Keep an eye out for more details and pictures of our reporter Caron Bell's first ever balloon flight this morning.

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