found this footage recently and edited it to make a short
film. Last evening, I met Alan Weston's friend, Rob Little
and told him about it. To my surprise, he was not aware
that the footage existed and asked for a copy. This made
me think that many more of Alan's friends might well like
to see it, so I have put it here, and if you would like
a permanent copy, I will give a link from which you can
download it after the following explanation.
cannot remember the date, but it will be some time during
the early 1990s. Those who remember the year that Safeway
was being built will be able to date it precisely as this
film is of a balloon flight, and from my photos, taken from
the balloon, I can see Safeway building part complete. (20
May 2009: Rob Little has since looked this up in his flight
log and this flight has now been dated to 22nd May 1992
- 17 years ago tomorrow, as I write.)
was at work one day and Alan telephoned me.
'How do you fancy going balloon flying tonight?' He asked.
course, I have always loved flying but had never been in
a balloon before, so I was happy to accept the invitation.
I went in the balloon, along with pilot, Rob Little and
Mike Davies, whilst on the ground, Alan Weston, his wife,
Carol and Mike's wife, Jill provided the backup support.
Little known at the time, they also filmed the flight from
the ground and the footage includes some typical coverage
of Alan being Alan, and doing what he loved best - anything
to do with flying.
am sorry that the sequence is in black and white. It was
filmed on VHS video tape and the tape, being around 20 years
old had lost its colour information when I rediscovered
you would like to have your own copy, go to my
Vimeo Page for this particular video, scroll down and
in the bottom right corner, the 200 meg, standard definition
3mps wmv file can be downloaded. You can then put it on
DVD or whichever system you happen to use.