From the days when tobacco advertising was allowed, two balloons sponsored by Lambert and Butler were seen at Wollaton park, G-BGVR on the left and G-BGVP on the right. VP was permanently withdrawn in 1990 and VR in 1992
A Balloon festival was held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham as part of the Nottingham Festival. Whilst it was a great success it was only held in 1970, 1971 and 1972. A planned event for 1973 was cancelled due to budget cuts.
Before balloonists started using petrol driven fans, someone, nicknamed 'Cremation Charlie' had to stand inside using a stick to hold the fabric up as the buners were used to heat it. When he could no longer stand the heat, the burner was turned off and he got out, Dave Hooper from the Dublin Balloon Club is seen here in that dangerous role at Wollaton Park. Thanks to Robin Macey for the information
With the help of Robin Macey, I have been able to identify all of these, left to right, Shadowfax blue, G-BEFE, Schroeder Life G-LIFE, Dinitrol G-BGWY, Blue with Lions G-BBOY, Debenhams blue G-BEUV and airborne G-BDSK. Seen at Wollaton Park
First registered just five days before this photograph was taken, it was cancelled by the CAA in 1991. Seen taking off from the Nottingham Festival at Wollaton Park. With only the G- showing, my thanks to Robin Macey for the help in identifying it
In the late 1970s and up to the late 1980s advertising balloons such as these were very popular, probably a tax-deductible way to fly. None of these three balloons still fly, G-SAFE on the left, owned by the Derbyshire Building Society and G-NBSI on the right owned by the Nottingham Building Society.