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Far above the traffic an airship floats by with a message for city's motorists.

IT HAS been patrolling the skies over the Welsh capital for the past three days.

And today the huge Goodyear safety blimp or airship - which was captured on television hovering over the Millennium Stadium during Wales' clash with England on Saturday - leaves Cardiff for England.

The airship has been in the city on the second leg of a European tour which launched in London last week. But as it leaves South Wales, it has left behind a legacy of stunning aerial photographs taken by the Western Mail.

The tour was timed to coincide with the release of a report from the tyre manufacturer highlighting road users' lack of knowledge of some basic aspects of the Highway Code.

Lord Mayor Keith Hyde was one of the lucky few to take a 30-minute ride in the blimp, which has been stationed at Cardiff Airport.

He said: "I thought it was fantastic. It was the first time I've been on a blimp and I thought it was really good.

"From my point of view you had Cardiff laid out before you and it was easy to identify buildings.

I enjoyed the whole experience."

The airship, which has a top speed of 53mph, also carried passengers from charities and Goodyear customers during its stay. Brand manager Michelle Fisher said the trip to the Welsh capital had been a success.

She said: "It was great that we were able to cover the game on Saturday, it was a fantastic way to get our message out."

A survey of drivers by the company showed 88% of Welsh motorists thought their understanding of the Highway Code was either good or adequate.

But the findings also revealed more than a quarter did not understanding the "no overtaking" sign, while 52% thought a red and orange light together meant proceed with caution when in fact it means stop.

Goodyear's Eddy Geerdink said: "Our survey shows that a number of drivers would fail their driving test based on this knowledge."

CLICK ON Take a ride on the Goodyear blimp over south /multimedia


[bar] Media Wales reporter Ciaran Jones gets a bird's eye view [bar] At the controls of the Goodyear airship at Cardiff Airport [bar] The blimp coming into land at Cardiff Airport. [bar] An shot from the Goodyear airship of Cardiff Bay
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Mar 29, 2011
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