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Fiesta firm defends balloon show.

THE company hired to organise this year's Newcastle Fiesta has attracted complaints after similar events in the past, it can be revealed.

KC Promotions has been chosen to stage the event on the Town Moor to celebrate 800 years of Mayoralty and Freemen.

Running August 5 to 7, organisers are hoping to showcase an array of hot air balloons.

They also claim a "spectacular Glow Night" on the Saturday evening, where all the hot air balloons light up in a musical display.

But the firm has attracted complaints from dissatisfied customers in the past - including gripes about the balloons.

In 2013, families in Liverpool complained after an event at Aintree - saying they did not see any hot air balloons.

KC Promotions' Keith Coulter defended his company and said the Newcastle Fiesta was deliberately not billed as a hot air balloon event.

He said: "Those incidents were nothing to do with this event. We have been involved in an event in Nottingham where we had problems getting the balloons out because it was windy but this is separate.

"This is the Newcastle Fiesta and is 90% nothing to do with balloons. With the balloons, they depend on the weather. We have deliberately not said it is a balloon festival. It is celebrating 800 years of the Freeman.

Chairman of the Freemen of Newcastle Sir Leonard Fenwick said: "There is a challenge with hot air balloons in that they are weather dependant, and that is made very clear in the marketing for this event. No risks will be taken in that respect."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2016
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