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Schoolboy Joshua Blackaby's balloon floats 10,545 miles from Derby to Australia
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The six-year-old got a letter arrived from a girl in Sydney saying she found the balloon in her garden
A balloon released into the sky by a schoolboy in England has been found more than 10,000 miles away in Australia.
Joshua Blackaby, six, was thrilled when a letter arrived from a girl in Sydney saying she found the balloon and its tag in a tree in her garden.
Joshua said: “I can’t believe it went all that way. I am looking forward to writing back to the girl.”
Pupils from Joshua’s primary school launched 300 balloons together in December – and some made it as far as The Netherlands and Denmark.
Teacher Suzanne Hemmings said: “We thought that was amazing but after half term a letter arrived from Australia. Joshua opened it in front of his class to reveal the balloon tag and a letter from a little girl called Millie who had found the balloon in East Kurrajong, about 50 miles from Sydney.”
Millie’s letter to Wyndham Primary Academy in Alvaston, Derby, which she signed, had been written by an adult. It said: “Hi. My name is Millie and I found your balloon in a tree in my back garden. I am very excited and pleased to send it back.”
His mum Coleen, 28, added: “I was gobsmacked when I found out it had made it to Australia. It was just a normal helium balloon.”
Charlie Powell, of the Met Office, was also amazed but he added: “It is possible the balloon could have been swept up in a jetstream but the chances are very low.”
Ms Hemmings said the balloon’s epic journey would help give pupils a greater understanding of geography and the weather.
She added: “We are looking to get an expert on weather and wind direction to give an indication of how the balloon would have travelled all the way to Sydney.”