Pendle cycle firm reaches for the skies

Ian Weatherill, co-owner of Hope Technology

Ian Weatherill, co-owner of Hope Technology

First published in News

AN EAST Lancashire firm is reaching for the skies after having two hot air balloons designed in their colours.

Cycle parts manufacturers Hope Technology used the largest of the two new balloons to create a high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled publicity video.

Two of their star riders, Sam Flanagan and Rachael Walker, feature in the balloon above Hope’s Barnoldswick base, and then in La Molina, in Spain, where the balloon will be based.

On the ground in the mountainous Catalonia resort Sam and Rachael take to their bikes for some dare-devil action.

Rachael said: “One of the co-owners here (Ian Weatherill) has a friend who runs a hot air balloon company in La Molina.

“One night in the pub they were talking about a new hot air balloon and Ian was asked what design he would go for, and suggested in our colours.

“They went ahead and did it and it looks brilliant. There was a lot of back and forth about getting the correct bright green colour.

“We were given the chance to use it and thought it would be great for some publicity material, it was really good fun.

“The balloons are now going to be in La Molina, the bigger one is at an international show in Spain this weekend, so the Hope colours will often be in the sky in that area.”

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