This was the impressive sight of the ‘night glow’ at the Burnley Balloon Festival in Towneley Park in 2005.

The event, which brought balloon enthusiasts to Burnley from all over the UK had been under threat that year due to a lack of funding. But the businessman behind the fairground which ran during the festival stepped in and put up £30,000 to ensure the event went ahead.

Phil Reuben, owner of K&P Leisure, said: “I’ve been involved with the festival since it first started and have always thought it was a fantastic event.

“When I heard it wasn’t going to be able to go ahead this year I thought that was such a shame and I wanted to try and keep the festival going. This is not about trying to make money, but is all about trying to keep a fantastic event from being lost.”