Eyes to the skies for Northampton's Balloon Festival

All eyes will be turning to the skies in Northampton this weekend as the latest annual Balloon Festival takes place.

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Balloon festival left deflated after high winds stop all flying

For the first time in 27 years there have been no flights at the Northampton Balloon Festival weekend.

High winds meant it wasn't safe to launch any balloons at the event held at Billing Aquadrome.

But they were still able to demonstrate the burners attached to the baskets - which are used to inflate the balloons.

The Northampton Balloon Festival failed to get off the ground Credit: ITV Anglia

It's the first time we haven't been able to fly. We're really disappointed about it. We want to fly as much as everyone wants to see us fly. It's just been incredible the weather this weekend."

– Wendy Rousell

Balloon festival organisers remain hopeful despite weekend dogged by high winds

Northampton Balloon Festival dogged by high winds Credit: ITV Anglia

The organisers of the Northampton Balloon Festival are hoping the winds will drop to allow some flying this afternoon.

So far not one balloon has left the ground - for the first time in the event's 27 year history.

Organisers will be getting a fresh forecast for the Billing Aquadrome area at 1pm and say they hope winds will fall off.

People have still been visiting the festival's other attractions and last night 26 balloon baskets were lit up as part of the event.

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Hoping to lift off- Northampton's Balloon Festival delayed by the British weather!

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Organisers of the 27th Northampton Balloon Festival say they're hoping the weather will improve over the weekend.

Balloons were due to start flying this morning but because of incoming wind and rain they had to stay grounded.

Weather permitting lift off could happen at six in the mornings and evenings over the weekend.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper...

Organisers of Balloon Festival hoping for the weather to improve

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Organisers of the 27th Northampton Balloon Festival say they're hoping the weather will improve over the weekend.

Balloons were due to start flying this morning but because of incoming wind and rain they had to stay grounded.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Organisers say they're keeping their fingers crossed things the weather improve over the weekend.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 27th anniversary. Thousands of people are expected to attend.

Credit: ITV News Anglia
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