Sunday spin for Group First balloon at Chatsworth

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The Group First Hot Air Balloon team joined the East Midlands Balloon Club and others for a flight from the Chatsworth Estate Country Fair 2015.

The sun was shining when the team arrived on site at 6am on Sunday, with mist sitting over the river to the South of the House. Briefing confirmed the winds were flyable!


The balloon piloted by Group Finance Director, Richard, fellow pilot Austin and team pilot under training (PUT) Charlie launched into clear blue skies along with 39 other balloons. All of the balloons spent majority of their flight around the launch field, over the Grand Ring and rows of stall marquees.

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Sunday evening’s flight was¬†cancelled due to being too windy, so the team settled down to be wowed by a Red Arrows display.


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Hot air balloons were just part of the family fun at the show – visitors also enjoyed guest appearances from the Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry and MasterChef’s John Torode, dog agility events, pony rides, military vehicle displays, a vintage fairground, clay pigeon shooting, archery and more than 200 trade stands.

Mary Berry Book signing

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This weekend, the Group First balloon team will take part in the second largest balloon event in the UK, “Grass Roots” ( balloon event at Riseley in Bedfordshire.