Balloon Party on Easter Sunday

Group First and their very own hot air balloon took part with a group of balloon enthusiasts, flying over the crisp morning of Easter Sunday, before treating novices to pilot training.

It was up, up and away as the hot air balloons filled the early morning skies over the bank holiday weekend.

The North West Balloon and Airship Club ran a four-day training weekend for new pilots at Thornton Hall Farm Country Park, in Barnoldswick.

There was classroom and practical training at the farm during the day. However, before the lessons and exams, the pilots got to do the fun part, by taking part in early morning flights over the Pendle countryside.

Four balloons took to the air at around 7am on Friday while eight balloons were launched on both Saturday and Sunday morning.

Robert Binder, photographer for the Lancashire Telegraph has provided some fantastic images of the balloons in the stunning early hour flights.

To view the video of the Group First balloon take flight on Sunday morning Click Here.