Celebrating 40 years of the Rix hot air balloon at the Driffield show
Rix Petroleum’s hot air balloons have been a regular feature in the skies above East Yorkshire for four decades.
We will be celebrating the anniversary by putting three of them on display at this year’s Driffield show.
Duncan Lambert, director of Rix Petroleum in Hull and a qualified balloon pilot, said the balloons date from the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s.
They include the first one ever bought by the company and the most recent one which is still in use today.
Mr Lambert said: “The three balloons cover the whole forty-year period Rix as a company has been flying them, so it is a historic occasion for us to have them all together in one place.
“Unfortunately we won’t be able to inflate them but they will be exhibited for visitors to see.
“It’s a particularly exciting year for me because I have flown Rix’s balloons for many years now and have loved every flight. It’s great to be celebrating 40 years and I hope we have many more to come.”
As well as displaying the balloons Rix Petroleum will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support at the show.
A team made up of staff from the company and Bridlington Young Farmers will be clocking up 42 miles on an exercise bike – the distance from Rix Petroleum’s Hull depot to Driffield Showground and back.
James Brook, marketing manager for the company, said with the support of show visitors, they hoped to raise as much money as possible on the day.
“We have been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support for more than a year now because it is a fantastic charity that does some truly great work,” he said.
“We want people to come along to our stand, enjoy a warm welcome and a chat, and if they feel like pledging some money that would be great. The team will be peddling hard to support people in the region suffering from cancer and their families.”
2015 marks the 68th consecutive year we have exhibited at the Driffield Show and the first year that the Rix Pavilion will play host to the event. Lets just hope the summer weather is kind to us like it was last year.