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In Pictures: Hot air balloons light up for Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Festival is marking its 40th anniversary.

Dozens of hot air balloons were lit up to mark the opening day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

More than 130 balloons from across the globe have gathered at the Ashton Court Estate for the four-day annual event, which is celebrating its 40th year.

On Thursday night around 25 were lit up for the Night Glow display, which gave spectators the chance to see the various shaped balloons shine against the darkening sky.

Balloons lit up the 40th anniversary Fiesta (Steve Parsons/PA)
Balloons performed the Night Glow to music (Steve Parsons/PA)
Earlier in the day, visitors got to watch as some of the balloons underwent test inflation (Steve Parsons/PA)
The balloons on show come in many inventive shapes from animals… (Steve Parsons/PA)
…to a can of drink (Steve Parsons/PA)
A balloon shaped like Rupert the Bear even had his own inflated checked scarf (Steve Parsons/PA)

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