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A hot air balloon from a galaxy far, far away

By bristol247, Tuesday Jun 25, 2019

He has been a heroic Jedi Knight, been seduced by the dark side of the Force, become a Sith Lord and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order.

But Darth Vader has never been to Bristol. Until now.

Organisers of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta are hoping that a crowdfunder campaign will be able to raise £10,000 to bring a Darth Vader hot air balloon – built in Bedminster by Cameron Balloons in 2007 – to this year’s event.

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Chair of the 2019 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta organising committee, Chris Allcock, said: “The Darth Vader balloon has been pictured around the world but never against some of its home city’s well-known icons so this crowdfunder will hopefully help us change that, while enabling us to raise the funds needed to once again deliver an event that has become synonymous with the city.”

Rewards for people donating include hot air balloon flights, VIP access to hospitality areas of the Balloon Fiesta and limited edition works of art.

For more information and to contribute to the crowdfunder campaign, visit

Sworn enemies Yoda and Darth Vader are often seen together at hot air balloon festivals – photo courtesy of

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