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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta begins

Some 130 balloons are taking part in this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

A mass ascent began at 06:00 BST where weather conditions were ideal for the balloonists who took part.

The four-day event at Ashton Court attracts 500,000 every year and is in its 39th year.

Other popular events in the fiesta include the evening night glow displays where the tethered balloons glow in time with the music.

Image caption This photo was taken over the skies of Bristol
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Image caption Balloonists were up from dawn getting prepared for take off
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Image caption A mass ascent began at 06:00 BST in ideal weather conditions
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Image caption The clear skies did not last for too long as balloons flew over Bristol
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Image caption The festival is taking place at Ashton Court until Sunday

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