Balloons take flight over the region’s skies

Twenty hot air balloons took to the skies above Pidley at the weekend to compete in the British Balloon Championships. The pilots competed in a series of challenges as they battled for the right to represent Britain at the world ballooning championships.

Twenty hot air balloons took to the skies above Pidley at the weekend to compete in the British Balloon Championships.

The pilots competed in a series of challenges as they battled for the right to represent Britain at the world ballooning championships.

The event was hosted at Lakeside Lodge Golf Club - complex owner David Hopkins is a balloon enthusiast.

He said: "Ballooning is a truly unique experience and is addictive - once you have done it once it is hard to resist having another go."

The place at the world championships, which will take place in Austria, went to London flier Mike Woodcock. He was the top British finisher behind Birmingham man, Dr David Bareford, who had already qualified.

Pictures: HUNTS POST