In Pictures: Hot air balloons brighten skies over Bristol

Hot air balloons have taken off in a mass ascent from Bristol, with 43 teams taking part.

The Fiesta Flypast event over the city took place as a socially distanced alternative to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020
(Ben Birchall/PA)
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020
(Ben Birchall/PA)
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020
(Ben Birchall/PA)
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020
(Ben Birchall/PA)

Organisers urged the public to enjoy the spectacle from their doorsteps and gardens, rather than gathering to watch take-off or landing.

Up, up and away! #Bristol, we are go! Keep your eyes on the sky this morning for the #fiestaflypast!

Please head to the garden, pop your head out the window and share your pictures with us at @bristolballoonpic.twitter.com/kkwfMfjdOg

— BristolBalloonFiesta (@bristolballoon) August 3, 2020

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020
(Ben Birchall/PA)
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020
(Ben Birchall/PA)
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020
(Ben Birchall/PA)
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020
(Ben Birchall/PA)
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