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Hot air balloons from mayor's Regatta charity event land at Romford Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:57 10 June 2019

Two hot air balloons from the Lord Mayor's Hot Air Balloon Regatta landed on the Romford Golf Club, in Heath Drive. Picture: Colin Jones

Two hot air balloons from the Lord Mayor's Hot Air Balloon Regatta landed on the Romford Golf Club, in Heath Drive. Picture: Colin Jones

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Two hot air balloons that were part of the mayor's Hot Air Balloon Regatta landed on the Romford Golf Club's course this weekend.

Two hot air balloons landed on the Romford Golf Club, in Heath Drive. Picture: Colin JonesTwo hot air balloons landed on the Romford Golf Club, in Heath Drive. Picture: Colin Jones

Members of the Romford Golf Club in Heath Drive were preparing the fairways for the Essex Amateur Open tournament on Sunday, June 9 when they spotted two hot air balloons heading for the course.

Colin Jones, committee member at the club, told the Recorder: "We were preparing for the event when all of a sudden we looked up and saw two hot air balloons.

The hot air balloons landed on Romford Golf Club's 4th and 18th fairways. Picture: Colin JonesThe hot air balloons landed on Romford Golf Club's 4th and 18th fairways. Picture: Colin Jones

"There was a bit of a panic because the tournament was supposed to start in 45 minutes, but they didn't disrupt the proceedings. They were definitely experienced balloonists."

The Romford Golf club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and was soon able to continue preparations for the tournament after two support vans arrived to collect the hot air balloons.

Members of the Romford Golf Club helped the balloonists pack away their equipment. Picture: Colin JonesMembers of the Romford Golf Club helped the balloonists pack away their equipment. Picture: Colin Jones

Residents also spotted hot air balloons landing in Goresbrook Park in Dagenham and the Bretons Outdoor Centre in Rainham

The balloons were part of the Lord Mayor's Hot Air Balloon Regatta which has been running since 2015.

The hot air balloons landed on Romford Golf Club's 4th and 18th fairways. Picture: Colin JonesThe hot air balloons landed on Romford Golf Club's 4th and 18th fairways. Picture: Colin Jones

A total of 46 balloons took off from Battersea Park to raise funds for the Samaritans, OnSide Youth Zones and Place2B charities.

The annual event has raised a total of £250,634.

Andrew Holly, operations director and Balloon Regatta flight director at Exclusive Ballooning, said: "We set up the Balloon Regatta in support of The Lord Mayor's Appeal as it was the perfect blend of London ballooning and charitable causes.

"Since our inception, we have used all resources available to us in order to help our clients raise money for charity. We are proud that so far, we have helped our clients raise over £8,000,000 for charity using hot air balloons."

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