Saturday, 23 June 2012

J'ai trouvé votre ballon!!

A balloon released during a Diamond Jubilee street party in Worcester Park has flown hundreds of miles to land in a garden near the French-German border.

Mme Maryse Doux-Boussiron has e-mailed the blog to tell me that on the morning of June 5th the balloon, with a tag bearing a return address in Worcester Park, landed safely in the garden of a friend of hers in the town of 'Bains les Bains', in the Vosges region of France.

The balloon, which had completed a journey of around 400 miles, was one of dozens launched in a balloon race by children in Longfellow Road on 4th June as part of the street's Jubilee celebrations.

5 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Blahblahblah said...

Interesting story but full of grammatical errors!

Andy Mabbett / @pigsonthewing said...

How many other balloons from this release are littering the fields and nature reserves of France? Or floating in the English Channel, waiting to be swallowed by marine wildlife?

Balloon releases are harmful to the environment, to wildlife and to domestic animals, as I outline in this article: Perhaps the balloons are biodegradable - but, as my article shows, even biodegradable balloons can last - and do harm - for a year or more.Organisations who oppose balloon releases include the Marine Conservation Society, the RSPB, the RSPCA, the National Farmers' Union, the Shark Trust, the Tidy Britain Group, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Tidy Wales, Tidy Northern Ireland, Clean Cornwall, county bird clubs, various Wildlife Trusts, the Bumblebee Trust, The Soil Association, The Waterways Trust, The Terence Higgins Trust, The Alzheimer's Society, and others, plus companies including Sainsbury's, Norwich Union, TGI Fridays, M&S and Barclays. The Guinness Book of World Records no longer recognize balloon release records "precisely because of environmental concerns".

Susanharris said...

totally, totally agree with you, waste of money and bad for the environment, no brainer really!

klingsor said...

Quite right. Let's cancel the Olympics too, while there's still time.
Too late to stop Wimbledon, but we really must try harder to prevent people enjoying themselves and seeing the brighter side of life - or we're all doomed!

Longfellow resident said...

Can you tell us who the balloons belonged to - did they still have the tags on?
Longfellow resident and attendee at party!)

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