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Summary

  1. Early morning ascent took place with pilots reporting difficult conditions
  2. Planned ascent at 6pm is called off because the winds are too strong
  3. But night glow goes ahead in front of bumper Ashton Court crowd
  4. Live video, photos and reaction from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta on Saturday, 12 August 2017

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Goodbye from us

Despite all the problems on the way out, the night glow was spectacular. The queues for buses is slowly getting shorter.

If you head back down the page there are plenty of pictures to enjoy.

We hope you all get home safely.

Pilot in balloon
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Lit-up balloons
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Schedule for Sunday - the final day

Hot air balloons take to the skies
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Sunday marks the final day of the 39th year of the international balloon fiesta.

Some 500,000 are attracted to the event every year, and here's the programme for the last day:

  • 6am - Fiesta opens and mass hot air balloon lift
  • 8am - Model hot air balloon competitions
  • 12pm-5.30pm - Arena entertainment
  • 6pm - Mass hot air balloon lift
  • 8.30pm - Fiesta closes

Latest from the Clanage Road problems

Ian Parker

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The sheer volume of people coming down Clanage Road seems to have overwhelmed security marshals.

It feels like half of Bristol have come out of the UWE entrance For the past hour the road has been chocked though it is starting to clear.

The queue for the buses is down to about 200 yards now with most people patiently waiting.

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However many people were not following the signs or listening to marshals and ended up going through security barriers which was then stopping the buses coming round the roundabout.

There was a bridge swing in the middle of all this that held traffic up, a marshal told me.

Some were taking out their frustrations with the three or four officers overseeing the area. Many didn't seem to take their advice "taking the law into their own hands" and risking walking down the road into oncoming buses.

What's happening at the bus queue?

Ian Parker

BBC News

People not following the signs appears to be causing much of the problems this evening.

Buses are not able to get to the roundabout at the end of Clanage Road because of people walking through the Ashton Way underpass.

And the queues are growing ever longer.

Balloon Fiesta staff are asking people to get out of the road but they are ignoring them.

Ambulance attempts to get past giant bus queue

Ambulance
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'People are getting confused' on way out of Ashton Court

Our reporter at the scene says people are getting confused walking out from Bower Ashton towards the Cumberland Basin.

Some people are walking down Clanage Road and heading down the full width of the road, stopping buses.

The roundabout there is closed off but some are ignoring Balloon Fiesta staff, cue much frustration.

People funneling down road
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More crowds
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That's a big queue for buses ...

Queue for buses
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Bus queue
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Bus queue really busy

The queue is "beyond my sight" it's so long, our reporter says.

Bus queue
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Just in case you're heading home towards Taunton this evening

More busyness heading towards A370

More traffic
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People walking
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Busy on the way out - here's the view next to the Ashton pub

Ashton pub
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A few more night glow pics - and fireworks

Balloon lit up
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Fireworks
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Don't forget the Clifton Suspension Bridge is closed

View from a balloon

Bristol aerial view
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Some more fun while you wait in your cars to get out of Ashton Court - A few more pictures of Bristol from the sky.

A more obvious location above, but what about the two below?

Bristol aerial view
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Bristol view from the sky
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Bristol aerial view
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Night glow all over for another year

The fireworks have just finished and everyone is heading for home.

Pilot in balloon
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Two balloons lit up
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Night glow now in full swing...

Night glow
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Crowd watches night glow
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Balloon lit up
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Balloons lit up
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More from the night glow

Balloon burner
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Row of balloons
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Balloon glow
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More night glow pics

Night glow
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Night glow
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Night glow
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In pictures: Balloon Fiesta night glow

Crowds look at night glow
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Balloons laid out on ground
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Balloon burner
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Balloons being inflated at the night glow

If you want to see what it looked like on Thursday, hit the video below.

We'll have pics from Ashton Court shortly. Standby!

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More night glow pics

Balloon laid out on floor
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Crowd at night glow
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Big wheel
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Gearing up for the night glow

Not long now...

Bristol sign
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Balloons ready to be inflated
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Balloons laid out
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We've been challenged back!

Fiesta facts and figures

Hot air balloons
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While we wait for the night glow - let's catch up on some history of the fiesta...

  • The Bristol Balloon Fiesta has been running for 39 consecutive years since 1979
  • More than 130 balloons are registered to fly at the fiesta in 2017
  • International entries come from Belgium, Germany, USA, Hong Kong and​ Ireland
  • It takes over 600 staff ​to stage the fiesta working on car parks, security, balloonist registration, litter collection and event management
  • Three balloons have come from the British Balloon Museum and Library

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J23 for A39.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound at J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of caravan having a tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

View from a balloon

A view of Bristol from a hot air balloon
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This is what Bristol looks from a hot air balloon.

Do you recognise the locations?

View of Bristol from the sky
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A view of Bristol from a hot air balloon
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A view of Bristol from a hot air balloon
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In pictures: tethering at Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Balloon canopy
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Balloon being inflated
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Balloon being inflated
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Two balloons at fiesta
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Tethering at the Balloon Fiesta this evening

The view at Ashton Court right now ... no flights as winds too strong

Don't worry, there's still a night glow at 9pm and we're sticking around for that.

Ashton Court
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People gathered around a balloon basket
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BreakingNo flights at 6pm at the Balloon Fiesta

Latest traffic around Ashton Court - it's not looking good!

Red shows slower traffic.

Traffic map of Bristol
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Saturday's schedule

Inside a hot air balloon's envelope
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  • 6pm - Mass hot air balloon lift - we'll have details on this shortly
  • 9pm - Night glow and firework finale
  • 10.30pm - Fiesta closes for another day

Winds are up at Ashton Court ...

... it's touch and go as to whether they'll go up tonight.

View across Ashton Court
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Bristol sign
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Crowds at Ashton Court
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Update soon on the mass ascent ...

Your view from the Balloon Fiesta

Emma's got a nice spot on the hill.

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Police warning over traffic around Ashton Court - avoid area

In pictures: latest from Ashton Court as crowds head in

Crowds filter into Ashton Court
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Fiesta sign
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Cars waiting to get to fiesta
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Air ambulance at fiesta
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How do you get ready for a night glow? With little dinky lights