Despite rain and cloudy skies the 30th annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta saw a record turn out as over 100 ballons from all over the world took to the skies above the English city. The fiesta, which started with just 29 balloons and a few thosand spectators in 1979 has grown to become the second largest event of its kind worldwide, regularly attended by over half a million people.
The brain child of ballooning legend, Don Cameron, the event has now become a landmark in the city's social calender with the Night Glow, in which hundreds of illuminated balloons, in combination with fireworks and music, drawing massive crowds.
The fiesta started with an unusual proposal of marriage when Bill Miller,the leader of the Exist Parachute Display Team went down on bended knee to Vivien Morley, event commentator, just moments after he had touched the ground. Vivien said that the venue was particularly appropriate as they had fallen in love during a previous fiesta.