Hot air balloons have filled the skies over Bristol in the city’s first balloon fiesta flypast.
The spectacle was organised as this year’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta could not take place like usual because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Organisers kept the launch location “top secret” and urged people to watch on Monday morning from their homes.
“We are bringing the balloon fiesta to everyone’s doorstep,” said operations director Ben Hardy.
The event normally attracts about 500,000 visitors but social distancing guidelines prevented the fiesta from being held this year.
However, the flypast allowed people living nearby to watch 43 balloons float over the city from a safe distance.
“Under top secret guise we’re launching balloons to sort of say ‘hello Bristol’ and lift the city’s spirits a little bit,” said Mr Hardy.
“It’s a magnificent sight. They are all local pilots and they all wanted to come together to at least mark this year’s event for us.
“We’re asking Bristol to go on their doorstep or into their back garden and hopefully see this magnificent sight that they are so used to but sadly we can’t bring in its full glory.”
A virtual nightglow, when tethered balloons light their burners in time to music, will take place at a private location and will be available to watch online on Saturday.