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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More than a hundred balloons take to the skies

The first mass ascent of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta took place early this morning in perfect flying conditions. Scores of balloons took off from Ashton Court and headed towards the Severn Estuary.

One of the craft even claimed a world record for the highest hot air balloon tea party, as Tanya Mercer reports.

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