Up, up and away!

Telford’s popular Balloon Fiesta returns on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May in the Town Park, after the roaring success of last year. It is set to be the town’s biggest event of the year with 30 balloons already confirmed to fly above the town, some of them boasting a special music and lights glow on Saturday evening.

The Fiesta helps raise money for Severn Hospice, which provides an essential service to the people of Shropshire. Virgin Balloon Flights have donated some of their passenger flights to help raise money for the charity as well as offering flights at a discount to coincide with the 25th year of the headquarters being based in Telford. Telford Central Rotary Club is also going to have a presence, organising some of the activities providing entertainment and producing the programme.

This year also sees the addition of the UK’s Ultimate Strongman qualifying events with England’s Strongest Man on Saturday and Wales’ Strongest Man on Sunday. There will also be a Kids’ Zone with activities for younger attendees.

Severn Hospice’s Mike Perry says, “The Balloon Fiesta is now one of the most exciting events in Telford’s diary and Severn Hospice is thrilled to again be Telford and Wrekin Council’s chosen charity partner, with support from Telford Centre Rotary Club. Events like this give us the opportunity to raise awareness about our vital work providing care and emotional support to families living with incurable illness.”

Ballooning is weather dependent so check the event’s Facebook page or go to telford50.co.uk/balloon2019.

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