Rugby player makes hot air balloon flight debut

New Gloucester Rugby signing Ben Morgan launched his career move with a spectacular hot air balloon flight from the club’s Kingsholm ground on July 26.

A day of family festivities was organised to mark the start of the new season, kicking off at 1:00 pm with local clubs competing in the JP Asset Management Junior under-14s tournament and culminating in the JP Morgan Sevens in the evening.

In front of a crowd of almost 8,500, Gloucester Rugby took on the Exeter Chiefs, earning a decisive 36-7 victory, followed by another victory of 33-24 against Worcester Warriors and completing the hat trick with a 24-17 win over Bath.

Kingsholm has a long tradition with rugby, being the home ground for Gloucester since 1873 and has recently undergone extensive refurbishment as a conference and wedding venue with state of the art facilities.

Surprisingly, Kingsholm also has a long history with hot air balloon flights, since Frenchman Auguste E. Caudron launched his own hot air balloon from the ground in 1895.

Renishaw, a local business manufacturing fine electronic medical precision instruments, has sponsored the hot air balloon, which is clearly marked with itscompany logo. The company has reached a three-year agreement with Gloucester Rugby to fly the hot air balloon from the ground as part of an effort to raise its profile and assist with a recruitment drive.

The hot air balloon will be representing Renishaw and Gloucester Rugby at the Bristol International Balloon Festival this month.

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