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Releasing balloons is not such a good idea

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07 November 2014

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From Mrs Margaret Duncan

Sir, - With all sympathy to the Open Churches Day participants from the diocese of Llandaff (Real Life, 10 October) in their symbolism in launching into the air nearly 200 balloons inscribed with prayers, I wonder whether any of them stopped to consider where those balloons would come to land - or to sea?

Balloons are not biodegradable. Most of them would burst eventually and come to litter the ground, with the obvious danger that they might cause blockages and also, because of their attractive colours, be eaten by animals, particularly cattle and large sea creatures, causing choking and even death. A bad idea, surely?

MARGARET DUNCAN
92 Harnham Road
Salisbury SP2 8JW

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