Czech out this balloon’s trip

Stanley Junior School, pupils Amelia McGovern, Cameron Kilbride, Ben Staveley and Mia Hodkinson with balloons like the one which travelled 1400 miles to the Czech Republic.

Stanley Junior School, pupils Amelia McGovern, Cameron Kilbride, Ben Staveley and Mia Hodkinson with balloons like the one which travelled 1400 miles to the Czech Republic.

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A BALLOON released by a Marton primary school carried greetings from Blackpool a staggering 1,400 kilometers in just one day before it was found in the Czech Republic.

Pupils from Stanley Primary School each released a blue helium balloon with messages of friendship on it last Friday as part of Anti Bullying Week.

But high winds meant staff at the Wordsworth Avenue school held out little hope for the balloons travelling far.

So they were astonished to receive an email from a man in the Czech Republic who had found the balloon and note in his garden on Saturday, less than 24 hours later.

And in a stranger twist, the man, named Stanislavsky, had travelled to Blackpool with his family just last year.

Headteacher Craig England said: “We were absolutely flabbergasted by the journey our balloon made, it has travelled an incredible distance in a very short time.

“Our jaws dropped when we saw the email on Monday but we are delighted he replied.

“The children were amazed their message had travelled so far.”