Crowds flock to Telford Balloon Fiesta

Thousands attended Telford’s hot air balloon event which took place earlier this month. Despite disappointing weather early on the Saturday, which led to three balloons taking off, higher temperatures in the afternoon encouraged more pilots to take to the skies.

Visitors were treated to more than just hot air balloons, however. The event also hosted the competitions for both England and Wales’ Strongest Man. The winners will now go on to compete for the UK’s Strongest Man, which will be shown on Channel 5.

The crowds also cheered a display from The Red Devils, the British Army’s official parachute display team. Other entertainment came in the form of fire eaters, BMX displays, and street entertainers. The Rock Choir, a local community choir, also sang at the event. Refreshment stands were available, although many people preferred to bring a picnic with them.

Telford & Wrekin Council were expecting some 40,000 people to attend the free event, some 10,000 more than last year. Some people made their decision last minute to go to the fiesta, and many people expressed their positive opinions on social media, such as for Saturday evening’s impressive nightglow display.

Karen Turner, 51, a shop assistant from Dawley, Telford, told the Shropshire Star:

“I think it’s lovely. It’s so nice to see so many people here and all the young families. It is brilliant. It is good for Telford, and of course, it’s stopped raining, which is a bonus. It is really good entertainment.”

The event took place at the QEII Arena on 11th and 12th May.

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