Hundreds of people have been at Ashton Court for the first morning mass ascent of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Around half a million people are expected to have attended the event over the last 4 days - even thought flights have been hampered by the weather.
Organisers say this morning's crowds was one the largest they've seen for a Sunday morning in 3 years. This morning's ascent was the the largest of the festival so far. 71 balloons flew last night, 116 this morning. This morning there was very little wind. Sadly for some it meant the balloons didn't fly over the city. Instead they headed slowly towards the airport, who were working closely with the festival organisers.
The lack of wind meant the balloons could bob up and down at Ashton Court instead of shooting off which helped some of the children who were trying to tick off the ones they'd spotted.
Newly qualified pilot Mandy Thompson from Patchway flew the SM Gauge balloon - a four-year-old Cameron Z90 - alongside 115 other balloons.
And at the moment organisers say the balloons will fly again this evening. This is the schedule for what is due to happen for the rest of the day:
- 12:00 – 17:30 ARENA ENTERTAINMENT
- 18:00 MASS HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT
- 20:30 FIESTA CLOSES