Hot-air balloons cross Channel in colourful record attempt

2017-04-07 21:02
Some of the 100 balloons taking part in a World Record attempt for a mass hot air balloon crossing of the English Channel prepare for take-off near Dover. (Victoria Jones, PA via AP)

Some of the 100 balloons taking part in a World Record attempt for a mass hot air balloon crossing of the English Channel prepare for take-off near Dover. (Victoria Jones, PA via AP)

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London - Never mind Brexit - the British are heading to France, by balloon.

Dozens of brightly coloured hot-air balloons soared over the White Cliffs of Dover on Friday in an attempt at the largest mass balloon crossing of the English Channel.

The flotilla of about 100 balloons took off just after dawn into uncharacteristically blue skies, heading for Calais.

Guinness World Records says the previous record for a crossing is 49 balloons, set in 2011.

Friday's event was organised by recruitment firm Datum RPO and marketing group Exclusive Ballooning.

The first balloon crossing of the Channel was made by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Francois Blanchard and American doctor John Jeffries in 1785.

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