Hot air balloons fly over London

Sunday June 9 saw the London skyline filled with hot air balloons as the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta took place.

The event, which has been running since 2015, was eventually cancelled last year due to repeated poor weather conditions on the standby dates.

However, the weather was much better for flying this year and no fewer than 46 balloons launched from Battersea Park, the first time the event has been hosted by the 200-acre green space in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Since the first regatta took place in 2015, the annual event has raised over a quarter of a million pounds and boosted awareness for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities. This year, the Samaritans, OnSide Youth Zones, and Place2B charities will benefit from the funds raised.

The balloons, including some novel-shaped balloons like Hunter’s green welly-shaped balloon, could be seen flying over many of London’s iconic landmarks, such as the Shard and Canary Wharf, as they flew along the Thames towards Greenwich.

The event’s organisers will no doubt be happy to have already avoided the poor weather conditions that prevented last year’s regatta, but safety is always a primary concern with hot air ballooning.

While it may be frustrating to have a hot air balloon ride cancelled, the operator is only doing it out of concern for everyone’s safety. It’s simply not safe to fly if conditions are too windy, wet, or foggy. Fortunately, any good operator will be more than happy to reschedule a flight for a convenient time.

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