Nottingham Hot Air Balloon club on the lookout for new members
IF you have a head for heights and want to see Nottingham from a completely different point of view, then here's your chance.
The Nottingham and Derby Hot Air Balloon Club, established in 1978, is looking for new members who fancy taking to the air on a regular basis.
One of its members, Robin Macey, from Aspley, joined so he could take photos of the Nottingham skyline.
The 52-year-old said: "When I first got into ballooning, I thought it would be something I would try out for a couple of years just to get a few good photos – and here I am 29 years later.
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"The club is looking for a few more members which will mean we can fly more frequently."
The club's first balloon featured a giant picture of Robin Hood. It has owned 11 different balloons over the years, including the famous Nottingham Building Society cottage-shaped balloon – which flew for 22 years until the mid-1990s.
In July this year, the club will be spending ten days at Europe's largest balloon meet – the Lorraine World Air Balloon Festival in France, where about 400 balloons will fill the skies.
But what about the heights?
"It's not a problem really – I've never heard of anyone getting vertigo when they've gone up in a balloon," Mr Macey said.
It's run as a non-profit making sports club and does not fly any commercial fare-paying passengers.
Members get involved in all aspects of the sport and an elected committee organises the general running of the club.
Regular training evenings are held in the winter for new members and they train their own pilots.
It is believed to be the only balloon club in the country with membership open to the general public. Membership is £295 a year.
For more details about becoming a member, call 0115 8541028.