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By Becca Husselbee


An air balloon measuring 74 foot was inflated inside the country’s largest cathedral and is believed to be the first event of its kind.

The balloon was filled with 105,000 cubic feet of air inside the Liverpool cathedral and went up 49 foot under the 174 foot high roof.

Robin Batchelor, one of the UK’s most experienced professional balloon pilots and also the man who taught Sir Richard Branson how to fly, will be responsible for inflating and taking off with four choristers in the basket of the balloon inside the Cathedral.

It was all to celebrate a huge donation of £384,000, from Hamish Ogston CBE, a leading British entrepreneur, and philanthropist, to help refurbish the cathedral’s organ and also the largest pipe-organ in the UK.

Canon Myles Davies, Acting Dean of Liverpool, said: “We are absolutely delighted and humbled by the progress we have made with the restoration of our magnificent Cathedral.

“As we celebrate this national treasure with its great traditions of choral and organ music, we give thanks for the support of all our benefactors, and especially today for the most generous gift of Hamish Ogston CBE as we look forward to completing the restoration of the Grand Organ.”