SUNDAY 9TH JUNE
46 HOT AIR BALLOONS FILL LONDON’S SKYLINE AS PART OF THE 2019 RICOH LORD MAYOR’S HOT AIR BALLOON REGATTA®
This morning, Londoners woke up to the sight of hot air balloons filling the capital’s skyline as 46 took flight as part of the 2019 annual RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta®.
In an awe-inspiring display, the balloons took off en masse from Battersea Park at 5:15am this morning, the first-ever launch of its kind from this location. With the CEO of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal on board, the balloons flew over many of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Cutty Sark, Greenwich, Canary Wharf and Thames Flood Barrier.
The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® is quickly becoming a standout feature in London’s calendar and the annual event has raised an overall total of £250,634 to date. The funds raised for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal will support three inspirational charities: Samaritans, OnSide Youth Zones and Place2Be.
Founded and organised by the world’s leading aerial marketing specialists, Exclusive Ballooning, the Balloon Regatta® has been running since 2015 and has received continued support from headline sponsor RICOH along with the City of London Corporation.
Alderman Peter Estlin, Lord Mayor of London, comments: “The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta® is quickly establishing itself as one of the cultural highlights associated with the City of London, creating breath-taking views across the capital’s iconic skyline. It brings together charity, community and commerce, everything that the City – and the Lord Mayor – is all about.
“Every year, the event raises awareness and money for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities. Over the next two years, the Appeal is focusing on three organisations: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans. All this work – supported by the Regatta, RICOH and other corporate partners – will work towards one aim: to build an inclusive, healthy skilled and fair City – A Better City for All.”
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.”
Chas Moloney, Marketing Director, RICOH UK, comments: “The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta® is a testament to our continued commitment to empowering positive and sustainable change for people. Working with The Lord Mayor’s Appeal enables us to make a real difference within the communities of London, helping support charities and local businesses that tend to all facets of life – from mental wellbeing, to healthcare and technological growth and education. We take pride in helping drive these initiatives using our expertise and expect this year’s Regatta to highlight the phenomenal work and success achieved by all involved”.
The 2019 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta®
We are delighted to confirm that the official standby dates for The 2019 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® are Sunday June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th.
For this year’s flight, our primary launch site will be Battersea Park and we will be flying from here if proceeding on June 2nd, 9th or 30th. If launching on June 16th, we will be flying from a different site and this location will be confirmed at the time. The prevailing wind from Battersea Park should allow for another stunning and unforgettable flight over Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye and Tower of London.
Due to the weather dependent nature of hot air ballooning, this event is on standby for a Sunday morning and will proceed on the first available date when the weather is suitable.
Please check this page and follow @HotAirEvents and @XBallooning for updates. A decision will be announced on each Friday before the standby date circa 4pm.