Blackwood’s annual Big Balloon Festival has been scrapped after poor weather ruined past events.
A report to Caerphilly County Borough Council by its chief executive Stuart Rosser said that despite attracting thousands of people, the event had run its course and should be axed.
The report said: “The balloons are completely dependent on the weather, they have only launched en-masse on both days on one occasion in the last four events.
“At the 2007 event on the Bank Holiday Monday a mass launch did happen but a relatively small audience remained, indicating that the majority of the public that had visited throughout the day had not necessarily come for the mass balloon launch.”
Although the weather has affected the number of launches in previous years, the council still has to pay out £16,000 for experts to manage the balloon launch.
The overall cost of running the Big Balloon was £60,000. The council will now divert £9,000 of that cash to the River of Light lantern parade to safeguard that event and save the rest in light of probable future budget cuts.
The report makes it clear that Caerphilly’s Big Cheese Festival, usually held the last weekend of July, is not under threat.