It’s up, up and away as We­ston bal­loon dream be­comes re­al­ity

Western Daily Press - - News -

TENS of thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected to fill We­ston-su­per-Mare seafront for the town’s first-ever We­ston-su­per-Glow.

The event, or­gan­ised by North Som­er­set Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with Ex­clu­sive Bal­loon­ing, is set to start at 2pm on November 17, when 30 hot air bal­loons take to the skies, launch­ing off the beach.

And while the bal­loon sail across the sky­line, spec­ta­tors will be able to ex­plore the Eat: We­ston stalls along the Beach Lawns or venture to the nearby Icescape ice rink at the Trop­i­cana.

At 6.30pm, the bal­loons will be lined up on the beach south of the Trop­i­cana for the main event – per­form­ing a chore­ographed glow to mu­sic.

Ex­clu­sive Bal­loon­ing di­rec­tor Andrew Holly, renowned for fly­ing in un­usual lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing fly­ing a hot air bal­loon be­neath Tower Bridge, said: “This is some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to see hap­pen and we are grate­ful to North Som­er­set Coun­cil’s events team for help­ing it be­come a re­al­ity.”

Or­gan­is­ers will be keeping a close eye on the weather and will make an an­nounce­ment at 4pm on November 15 on the We­ston Seafront Face­book page.

The event al­ready has 34,000 likes on Face­book and is ex­pected to at­tract large crowds.

Safety mea­sures will be put in place, in­clud­ing a road clo­sure along Marine Pa­rade from 8pm on November 16, along with a beach ex­clu­sion zone.

In ad­di­tion to the car parks in the town cen­tre, park­ing will also be avail­able on the Beach Lawns on Satur­day. Driv­ers will be charged £5 for the day.

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