The sky was full of colour over Northamptonshire this morning as around 20 hot air balloons took to the air for the first launch of the 2014 Northampton Balloon Festival.

Starting at 6am, the balloons took off from Billing Aquadrome and drifted south towards Horton with many landing in and around Ravenstone.

A gallery of this mornings photos can be found here.

Be sure to join us again at 6pm this evening for the next pilot briefing.