SHROPSHIRE Chamber of Commerce that works with businesses in Ludlow and south Shropshire has welcomed high-flying business Virgin Balloon Flights as its latest Patron.

The company was launched back in 1994 in the wake of ‘ballooning mania’ following Sir Richard Branson’s record-breaking flights across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The world’s largest and the UK’s only national passenger balloon rides operator, the company has now taken life higher for more than a million passengers.

Passenger hot air ballooning was grounded due to Covid-19 in 2020, but Virgin Balloon Flights has seen business rapidly take off once again since its balloons returned to the UK skies in May.

Matt Jones, managing director of Virgin Balloon Flights, said: “We are honoured and delighted to have been invited to join Shropshire Chamber as a Patron.

“Virgin Balloon Flights first launched back in 1994 and over the past 27 years have become the biggest and best-known passenger hot air balloon rides operator in the world.”