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                 Croeso i Llangollen - Welcome to Llangollen

                       Llangollen's Annual Balloon Festival


Ruth Gardner & Rita Woodworth from Colby in the Isle of Man celebrate their maiden flight at the balloon festival. Their pilot was Andrew Gregory of the Somerfield Balloon team.
Ruth's ambition at the age of 84 was to fly in a hot air balloon with her friend Rita who is 74. While staying with us at Bensons recently she announced this one evening, so we had a secret meeting with David Green the Balloon Festival Organizer and all was arranged.
Their maiden flight took them over the town of Llangollen for about 90 minutes before making a perfect landing in a field by the Llangollen golf club
                             David Green above centre with Ruth & Rita and their balloon rising above Llangollen                                

Some of the 7,000 visitors who came to this years Balloon Festival, this was a tremendous success for the event.The green balloon centre had a basket that could carry 16 passengers.
Photos by William Morris

The British Canoe Union Slalom held the Premier Division & Division One races Saturday and Sunday 18th/19th at Llangollen Town Falls. Over 120 canoeists took part in the event.
A DVD lasting 1hr 28min approx of the first run is available by post for £3 per copy including P&P or collect from the hotel for only £2.00 gbp

The bridge lined with supporters

 Saturday and Sunday 25th/26th saw the return of the canoeing with the British Open, International Class C & Inter Regional Championships Races, again at Llangollen Town Falls below our famous bridge


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