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Red Arrows thrill the crowds at Minehead Festival

The RAF Red Arrows have been performing at the Minehead Festival in Somerset this afternoon. The town is packed with people watching air displays over the seafront.

Red Arrows in the skies over Minehead, Somerset. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys
The displays are taking place over the seafront to packed crowds. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys
The sunny weather has made for ideal flying conditions for the RAF display team. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys


Tall ships arrive in Gloucester for Johnny Depp film

The scene in Gloucester Docks this afternoon Credit: ITV News West Country

Tall ships have started arriving in Gloucester today to prepare for the start of filming of the new Johnny Depp movie Through The Looking Glass, the sequel to Hollywood blockbuster Alice in Wonderland. The docks have been dredged to allow the ships to enter the city docks.

Gloucester docks in the August sunshine today Credit: ITV News West Country

Balloon fiesta success despite weather say organisers

A record 90 balloons landed at a former chocolate factory Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta say it was a success, despite flights being grounded on Sunday by bad weather.

The event featured four mass ascents - and even broke a world record, landing 90 balloons at the former chocolate factory in Keynsham. The take offs were watched by thousands although the night glows attracted the biggest crowds.

X Factor's Jahmene takes to unusual stage at Fiesta

X Factor finallist Jahmene Douglas took to an unusual stage at the weekend as he performed at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

The singer from Swindon climbed into a basket for his performance at the event:


Wet weather hits Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Empty fields at Sunday's balloon fiesta Credit: ITV News West Country

The final day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta got off to a wet start - with the morning mass assent cancelled because of the bad weather. Organiser say it has impacted on numbers - but it's too soon to give any official figures. A total of 325 balloons have flown over the four day event.

"We've not had a mass ascent this morning and we were very honest late last night to say that there wouldn't be a mass ascent so the crowds are reflective of that. But we've had a really great fiesta weekend. Thursday was a record crowd, Friday and Saturday were really very busy on site so we'll obviously have to do the counting up tomorrow morning once we've finished the event."

– Ben Hardy, Event Director, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Final morning mass ascent cancelled due to bad weather

This morning's final mass ascent was cancelled due to bad weather Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bad weather meant this morning's final mass ascent at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta was cancelled. Organisers say the public car parks are operating fine but they are limiting the access for trailers. A meeting is being held this morning to discuss the rest of the day's plans.

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