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Cruise firm Cunard cancels 10,000 balloon release

A cruise company has abandoned plans to release 10,000 balloons following concerns about the impact on wildlife.

Cunard said it had cancelled the planned release from Queen Mary 2 following a social media campaign.

Posting a message on its Facebook page, the cruise company said: "We have taken your advice and we will no longer be doing the balloon release."

The event formed part of the ship's 10th anniversary celebrations in Southampton on Friday.