Early risers were treated to a City skyline full of colour on Sunday as 27 hot air balloons took to the skies for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s...

Early risers were treated to a City skyline full of colour on Sunday as 27 hot air balloons took to the skies for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s annual Hot Air Balloon Regatta.

It was clear weather for lift off at 7am from London City Airport, launching the regatta for the first time to celebrate 30 years since it opened on 26 October 1987.

Lord Mayor Dr Andrew Parmley and the Lady Mayoress led the fleet in the Lord Mayor’s Appeal balloon, travelling north east from the airport towards Newham at around 1,000 feet. They passed over Dagenham, Hornchurch and Upminster before dispersing and landing.

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Balloons on the runway. Photo by Ben Walsh. Lead photo by Andrew Baker.

The annual regatta has raised more than £125,000 for the appeal’s chosen charities over the last two years, and is this year supporting the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery programme, St Paul’s Music Outreach, and Music in Hospitals. Dr Parmley said he hoped the sight of the balloons would “raise spirits and support” for the appeal.

“The money raised will help these charities to continue building aspirations, confidence and talent, and I hope many more people will be inspired to support their terrific work,” he said.

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