Dozens of hot air balloons flew over Bristol and it was beautiful

People across Bristol have woken up to the sight of hot air balloons flying across the city.

The balloons floated across the sky as part of the launch of the 2016 Bristol Balloon Fiesta, described as Europe's largest annual meeting of hot air balloons.

Balloons take flight from Clifton Downs, Bristol, as balloonists gather to mark less than a week to go until the start of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
(Ben Birchall/PA)

The day got off to a busy and fiery start - it takes a lot of work to send that many balloons into the air.

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But it was worth it for the sight of the balloons flying across the clear and sunny sky.

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Good morning Bristol!

This year's Bristol Balloon Fiesta takes place from Thursday August 11 to Sunday August 14.

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