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BALLOON power was the key to success for these budding engineers.

More than 60 Year 11 pupils from Bispham High School took the chance to design a balloon-powered vehicle as part of a special day of learning.

The students were given a helping hand by engineering staff from Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Tutors Andy Iredale and Adam Plummer dropped into the Bispham Road school to help them design an array of impressive balloon buggies.

All of the designs got to take part in a Grand Prix style race which included racing commentary.

John Topping, deputy head teacher of the school, said: “This was a really enjoyable day for the students and having the experts from the college in made a big difference.

“They were able to see how engineering is an exciting and fun profession and we hope many of them may go on to consider it for a career.”

Vice Principal of Blackpool and The Fylde College, Catherine Hill added: “We are delighted Blackpool and The Fylde College can be involved in promoting engineering as a great career prospect for our young people.”