Balloons' long journey
TWO hundred balloons were launched by children at St Minver School on Friday afternoon and two days later some had landed in Nottinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
The launch was the highlight of the school's fun day, organised by the parent-teacher association where new pupils and their parents were particularly welcome.
Head teacher Dave Cantin received a double soaking when he was among those put in the stocks and pelted with a wet sponge, and he was also hosed down by members of Wadebridge Fire Station, who attended along with police officers from the town and a police dog and handler.
Other fun day events included a treasure hunt for the new intake of children, which also enabled them to get better acquainted with their school surroundings.
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Mr Cantin said on Monday morning the school had received notification from people in other parts of England that they had picked up some of the balloons.
Each balloon had a note attached with the school's e-mail address, and the pupil whose balloon goes furthest will receive a £20 book token and the finder also gets a prize.
Mr Cantin said: "Last year, one balloon reached France, but there was a different wind direction on Friday, so we will have to see where more balloons have ended up.
"We had a wonderful fun day, and raised about £700.''