The balloon has landed
PUBLISHED: 11:52 12 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:07 20 February 2013
EIGHT-year-old Georgina Blackburn from Bishop's Stortford won first prize in a balloon race, after her balloon landed over 500 miles away in Petersdorf, Germany.
EIGHT-year-old Georgina Blackburn from Bishops Stortford won first prize in a balloon race, after her balloon landed over 500 miles away in Petersdorf, Germany.
Georgina released her balloon at the Countess of Warwick Show in Little Easton, in an event organised by Mullucks Wells as part of the companys fundraising for local charities to mark its 21st anniversary.
The balloon race raised 300 for West Essex Mind, the charity nominated by the Dunmow branch of Mullucks Wells. Visitors to the Countess of Warwick Show paid 1 for a balloon, each marked with a unique identification ticket, which the finder was asked to return.
Tim Trembath of Mullucks Wells said, 'What an incredible result! We were hoping that our balloons would travel into Europe, so we had the finders instructions printed in both French and German. But its amazing to think that this little balloon managed to travel all the way to Eastern Germany from East Anglia!'
Georgina was presented with a teddy bear from Abracadabra Teddy Bears in Saffron Walden and the finder of the balloon in Germany has been sent a bottle of champagne.