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Summary

  1. Early morning ascent took place with pilots reporting difficult conditions
  2. Planned ascent at 6pm is called off because the winds are too strong
  3. But night glow goes ahead in front of bumper Ashton Court crowd
  4. Live video, photos and reaction from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta on Saturday, 12 August 2017

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  1. Goodbye from us

    Despite all the problems on the way out, the night glow was spectacular. The queues for buses is slowly getting shorter.

    If you head back down the page there are plenty of pictures to enjoy.

    We hope you all get home safely.

    Pilot in balloon
    Lit-up balloons
  2. Schedule for Sunday - the final day

    Hot air balloons take to the skies

    Sunday marks the final day of the 39th year of the international balloon fiesta.

    Some 500,000 are attracted to the event every year, and here's the programme for the last day:

    • 6am - Fiesta opens and mass hot air balloon lift
    • 8am - Model hot air balloon competitions
    • 12pm-5.30pm - Arena entertainment
    • 6pm - Mass hot air balloon lift
    • 8.30pm - Fiesta closes
  3. Latest from the Clanage Road problems

    Ian Parker

    BBC News

    The sheer volume of people coming down Clanage Road seems to have overwhelmed security marshals.

    It feels like half of Bristol have come out of the UWE entrance For the past hour the road has been chocked though it is starting to clear.

    The queue for the buses is down to about 200 yards now with most people patiently waiting.

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    However many people were not following the signs or listening to marshals and ended up going through security barriers which was then stopping the buses coming round the roundabout.

    There was a bridge swing in the middle of all this that held traffic up, a marshal told me.

    Some were taking out their frustrations with the three or four officers overseeing the area. Many didn't seem to take their advice "taking the law into their own hands" and risking walking down the road into oncoming buses.

  4. What's happening at the bus queue?

    Ian Parker

    BBC News

    People not following the signs appears to be causing much of the problems this evening.

    Buses are not able to get to the roundabout at the end of Clanage Road because of people walking through the Ashton Way underpass.

    And the queues are growing ever longer.

    Balloon Fiesta staff are asking people to get out of the road but they are ignoring them.

  5. Ambulance attempts to get past giant bus queue

    Ambulance
  6. 'People are getting confused' on way out of Ashton Court

    Our reporter at the scene says people are getting confused walking out from Bower Ashton towards the Cumberland Basin.

    Some people are walking down Clanage Road and heading down the full width of the road, stopping buses.

    The roundabout there is closed off but some are ignoring Balloon Fiesta staff, cue much frustration.

    People funneling down road
    More crowds
  7. That's a big queue for buses ...

    Queue for buses
    Bus queue
  8. Bus queue really busy

    The queue is "beyond my sight" it's so long, our reporter says.

    Bus queue
  9. More busyness heading towards A370

    More traffic
    People walking
  10. Busy on the way out - here's the view next to the Ashton pub

    Ashton pub
  11. A few more night glow pics - and fireworks

    Balloon lit up
    Fireworks
  12. View from a balloon

    Bristol aerial view

    Some more fun while you wait in your cars to get out of Ashton Court - A few more pictures of Bristol from the sky.

    A more obvious location above, but what about the two below?

    Bristol aerial view
    Bristol view from the sky
    Bristol aerial view
  13. Night glow all over for another year

    The fireworks have just finished and everyone is heading for home.

    Pilot in balloon
    Two balloons lit up
  14. Night glow now in full swing...

    Night glow
    Crowd watches night glow
    Balloon lit up
    Balloons lit up
  15. More from the night glow

    Balloon burner
    Row of balloons
    Balloon glow
  16. More night glow pics

    Night glow
    Night glow
    Night glow
  17. In pictures: Balloon Fiesta night glow

    Crowds look at night glow
    Balloons laid out on ground
    Balloon burner
  18. Balloons being inflated at the night glow

    If you want to see what it looked like on Thursday, hit the video below.

    We'll have pics from Ashton Court shortly. Standby!

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