Hot air balloon flies from Weston-super-Mare for the first time

PUBLISHED: 15:01 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 June 2018

Longleat lion launching from Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Longleat lion launching from Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Michael D Buckle/Exclusive Ballooning

History was made at the weekend after a hot air balloon took to the skies for the first time on Weston beach.

Longleat lion launching from Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningLongleat lion launching from Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Exclusive Ballooning secured unique permission for a one-off flight from the seafront on Saturday.

The Longleat lion balloon, known as Simbaloo, drifted through Worle and down to Longleat Safari Park.

The aerial marketing company had wanted to fly from Weston beach for many years as its operations director, Andrew Holly, owns an apartment on Knightstone Island and his family are from the town.

Simbaloo caught the eyes of many people who were enjoying an evening stroll along the seafront before landing safely.

Longleat lion launching from Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningLongleat lion launching from Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Speaking about the achievement, Andrew said: “It was a great feeling to see Simbaloo launching with the Grand Pier in the background and heading over the promenade and inland.

“We have taken hot air balloons all over the world, but this was extra special.”

Longleat lion launching from Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningLongleat lion launching from Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Balloon takes off from the Beach. Picture: Nick Page HaymanBalloon takes off from the Beach. Picture: Nick Page Hayman

Balloon takes off from the Beach. Picture: Nick Page HaymanBalloon takes off from the Beach. Picture: Nick Page Hayman

Balloon takes off from the Beach. Picture: Nick Page HaymanBalloon takes off from the Beach. Picture: Nick Page Hayman

Weston beach. Picture: Exclusive BallooningWeston beach. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Longleat lion inflating. Picture: Exclusive BallooningLongleat lion inflating. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Longleat lion inflating. Picture: Exclusive BallooningLongleat lion inflating. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

Walkers catch a glimpse of the balloon. Picture: Exclusive BallooningWalkers catch a glimpse of the balloon. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

View of Weston beach from the hot air balloon. Picture: Exclusive BallooningView of Weston beach from the hot air balloon. Picture: Exclusive Ballooning

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