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New Look Balloon Race Announced by Weymouth RNLI

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7:31am 28th April 2014

A charity balloon race that was cancelled in Weymouth, amid environmental concerns, has been replaced with a "virtual balloon race."

The original RNLI fundraiser came under fire from campaigners who said releasing the balloons at sea would harm wildlife.

The Weymouth lifeboat service scrapped the idea and decided on the new virtual idea, that'll see balloon tags placed into a drum and every 5 days some will be drawn at random, with their final destination identified by calculating wind direction, speed and strength.

The first 4 tickets drawn on the 16th June will be the winners.

Weymouth RNLI Chairman Tony Beeson hopes environmental campaigners will be happy with the new race;

"Our new balloon race will now be even more environmentally friendly and I hope that everyone who was concerned about the original race will both buy a ticket and take part in the litter pick which will still be going ahead at the end of the race sometime soon after the 16th June".

All monies raised will go to the Weymouth Lifeboat Crews and tickets on sale today (Monday 28th April) in the Lifeboat Shop, Nothe Parade; Bussells Chandlers, Hope Street; and Weymouth Angling  Centre.

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