Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

Extracts from The Bramley 30 Years Ago October 20, 2011

The Pacemakers of Thurgarton Sunday School would like to thank everyone who joined in their balloon race.

The event was a great success and raised £140 for handicapped children at the Crocus Fields Home in Nottingham.

The huge demand for balloons, 900 in all, meant that they were released in two batches, hence the opposite directions of winners because of changed wind directions.The first group flew across Lincolnshire and two balloons staggered across the Humber to Spurn Head.  The next batch of balloons flew across Leicestershire to Northapmpton and beyond.  

The winning balloon belonging to Miss GIll Scott of Thurgarton landed at Stone, near Aylesbury, approximately 88 miles from Thurgarton.Winner of the Junior section was Elizabeth Amies of Lowdham whose balloon was found at Towcester.Runners up were Mrs E. Cousins of Bleasby and Mrs Butters of Netherfield whose balloons landed at Cranfield near Bedford.  In the Junior section the runner up was Anna Parrish whose balloon was found on Mablethorpe beach. The Bramley balloon, along with many others, was lost without trace.

Pat Ayers