In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, The Minster School’s Inaugural Great Balloon Race, sponsored by William Anelay, will be held today (Saturday 19th May 2012) at 1:00pm.
The Minster School, York, now in it’s 1,385th year, will mark it’s 30th annual definitive British Summer School Fête, by releasing 1,385 helium-filled balloons (one for each year since the school was founded in 627AD) on the school lawn.
Each Balloon carries a numbered ticket with return instructions.
The owner of balloon that travels the furthest will win the Grand Prize – an Apple iPad - and the ‘finder’ will receive a cash prize.
Tickets may be purchased for £1.00 from the School Office or at the fête on the day.
A signature event on the school calendar, the traditional British school fete presents simple fun from a bygone era – the Tombola, greasy pole, splat-therat, face painting, lucky dip, tea, cake, an Aussie BBQ, candy floss, a Splendid Prize Raffle and the Inaugural Balloon Race.
On a fine summer’s day, the Minster, Stonegate and Deangate are packed with tourists and residents alike. In this iconic
location, the view from the school lawn promises to be a great spectacle, as the release of the balloons reflects the colour
and sentiment of the City.
Dignitaries attending the Fete are expected to include the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of York, Councillor David
Horton and the Archbishops Representative and Queens Chaplin, Reverend Glynn Webster. The Minster School, an independent school for children aged 3-13 years, is home to 180 pupils including the choristers of York Minster. The Minster School Parents Committee.