Un­seen red bal­loon

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff, Ayer's Cliff

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

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