VIDEO: Hot air balloon mass ascent from beach opens Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend 2019

PUBLISHED: 16:10 22 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:40 22 June 2019

Balloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Balloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

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A mass ascent of hot air balloons took to the skies to officially open the 2019 Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend 2019 this morning (Saturday).

Balloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningBalloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

In partnership with Exclusive Ballooning and sponsored by Renishaw PLC, Balloons On The Beach is a new addition to the air festival's programme and this morning's launch saw 16 hot air balloons take off at sunrise from Weston beach.

Last year the Longleat lion balloon, known as Simbaloo, became the very first balloon to launch from Weston beach in the town's history.

VIDEO: Muscle Bi-Plane raises curtain on Weston Air Festival 2019.

The one-off flight was followed later in the month by a mass ascent featuring six hot air balloons.

Weston Air Festival offers airshow fans the chance to enjoy a whole host of family-friendly fun along the seafront and Beach Lawns.

The event village will feature exhibition stands, food stalls, family activities and fairgrounds, as well as the chance to meet RAF crews, ensuring there is plenty to see and do at ground level.

Visitors can upload their pictures to weston.iwitness24.co.uk

For a full Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend schedule, click here.

Balloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningBalloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Balloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningBalloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Balloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningBalloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Balloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningBalloons On The Beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

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