Telford and Wrekin Residents Encouraged to Look Up

This year has been different in many ways and has seen many local events cancelled including the ever popular and well-loved Telford Balloon Fiesta.

In 2019 over 50,000 people flocked to Telford Town Park to see a variety of hot air balloons lift off and float across the skies. Unfortunately this year’s event could not go ahead due to coronavirus restrictions. 

Event organisers Telford & Wrekin Council are now planning to lift people’s spirits locally and deliver something positive that residents can remember for years to come. 

On 19 and 20 September Telford and Wrekin residents are being asked to stand in their gardens or outside their front doors and simply look up where they will hopefully see Telford’s skies filled with a variety of colourful hot air balloons. 

The council’s aim is for as many people to see the balloons as possible from their homes. There will be a variety of launch sites which will not be revealed publicly and the balloons will never set off from the same location twice in order to discourage any gatherings with people coming to see the balloons on the ground. 

Cllr Eileen Callear Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries and Culture said “It’s a shame that we haven’t been able to run Telford Balloon Fiesta for its third year in 2020 but keeping people safe is our top priority.

“We are hoping that by once again giving residents the opportunity to see these amazing objects literally on their doorstep that it will bring some cheer during ever changing and difficult times. 

“There are four launches planned over the weekend and we encourage everyone to enjoy these from the safety of their homes, and share what they see with us.

Launches are planned for early morning and evening on both days. Ballooning is weather dependent so to keep up to date with the plans over the weekend follow the main event on Facebook here where more details will be provided as the event approaches.

The wind direction will be assessed before each flight to attempt to get as many balloons across the different areas of the borough as possible but remember hot air balloons go where the wind takes them so there are no guarantees.

Telford & Wrekin Council would like everyone to get involved by sharing their photos and videos on social media using #TelfordLookUp 

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