Happy ending to the Great Wisbech Balloon Hunt 2009

By our diarist Samuel Brakespeare OUR photographer Brian Purdy was busying himself yesterday outside Fenland magistrates court in Wisbech. He happened upon what Brakespeare will henceforth call The Great Wisbech Balloon Hunt. As he waited to take an of

By our diarist

Samuel Brakespeare

OUR photographer Brian Purdy was busying himself yesterday outside Fenland magistrates' court in Wisbech.

He happened upon what Brakespeare will henceforth call The Great Wisbech Balloon Hunt.


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As he waited to take an offender's photo, he glanced up the Lynn Road to see TGWBH take shape.

The sad saga began when this yellow balloon broke free from mum's hand, much to the obvious distress of her youngster.

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Lesser mums would have shrugged their shoulders and allow fate to take control of the balloon.

But the stoicism of our Wisbech mum knows few bounds, and Brian photographed her skilful attempts to bring a happy ending to TGWBH.

Of course there are those among you who may think this was a foolhardy attempt and almost reckless in pursuit of a piece of rubber and a load of hot air.

But the harmony created by this combination finds perfect form in a child's favourite object.

Happily TGWBH was brought to a satisfactory conclusion and to the victor the spoils.

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