Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

The 34th annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is getting underway at Ashton Court in the city. Half a million people are expected at the event which runs until Sunday

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Half a million turn out for Balloon Fiesta

Five of the seven planned mass ascents were able to go ahead Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Around half a million people turned out for this year's Bristol Balloon Fiesta. Organisers say they are delighted with the success of the event. Despite high winds on Saturday and some damp weather five of the seven mass ascents went ahead.

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