Unseen red balloon
Sixty years ago, a short French film became a worldwide phenomenon. It followed a young boy in his quest to catch a red balloon in Paris. Last Wednesday, Videotron re-enacted the movie in the sky of Ayer’s Cliff, tethering one on Pierce Street, on top of the hill at 65 meters. Exactly the height of its proposed communication tower. Remembering the excitement of seeing that film as a youth, this reporter went chasing sights of the balloon. Going as high as Brown’s Hill road, alas no sighting of said balloon. Going back to route 141, we couldn’t see it from there either but on the top of the hill we could clearly see a huge Bell tower hovering at the horizon. Driving dangerously on Main Street, looking sideways, no red balloon again. Stopping in front of the municipal pergola, still no balloon sighting, but the antennas attached by Bell on the Viens building are there, even if you really have to look for them. As a matter of fact, looking ahead driving on any street that sees traffic in Ayer’s Cliff, the balloon was invisible except on Pierce Street, a cul-de-sac.
Videotron’s red balloon was only visible from Pierce Street