An unusual request from Virgin Balloon Flights HQ here in Shropshire this afternoon … we are looking for any passengers who flew on the 3rd of July 2006 in one of our lovely hot air balloons from our Sywell Aerodrome launch site in Northampton.

Whatever for, I hear you say! Well, at the end of May this year we received a lovely letter from a gentleman (Mr Davies) who lives in Northampton, who had recently bought a ‘fairly old’ digital camera from a local charity shop.

The camera, to his surprise, still contained a memory card. After scanning the photographs Mr Davies was keen to find the owner to return their pictures. Now here is the link… the photographs on the memory card were predominantly of a hot air balloon ride with Virgin Balloon Flights on the 3rd of July in 2006.

Amongst the balloon ride images, there are also pictures of family members, a dog and lots of cactus and tomato plants, the camera is a Pentax Optio 330RS.

Are these your photographs? If so, drop us a line at or give us a call on 01952 212750. Let’s hope we find the owner!

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