Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2022: The best photos from today's mass hot air balloon ascent

More than 60 hot air balloons flew over Bristol as the first mass ascent was given the go ahead at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this morning.

It was a successful early morning launch after yesterday's planned mass ascent had to be cancelled by organisers because of unpredictable wind conditions.

Here are some of the best pictures from the first mass ascent

One of the many hot air balloons to take to the skies Credit: PA Images
Organisers gave the launch the green light just after 6am this morning Credit: PA Images
Yesterday's mass ascent had to be cancelled but this morning's was a success Credit: PA images
Some of the branded balloons over Bristol Credit: PA images
More than 60 balloons were registered to fly Credit: PA images
Final preparations underway ahead of the flight Credit: PA images
Ready for take-off Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
An extravagantly-designed hot air balloon takes off Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
A balloon casts a shadow over a farmer’s field Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
Equipment is tested before the mass launch Credit: Ben Birchall/PA