Remembrance balloon released by London schoolchildren makes it all the way to Bedford

School's Remembrance balloon message is discovered outside Putnoe's Library. PNL-141111-162243001
School's Remembrance balloon message is discovered outside Putnoe's Library. PNL-141111-162243001

A Remembrance balloon released from a London school today at 11am landed three hours later outside Bedford’s Putnoe Library.

In a touching tribute children at Earlsfield Primary School let loose 100 red balloons with special Remembrance messages attached to mark the centenary of the First World War.

One of the tags - signed by Year 3 pupils Ruby and Max - was found outside the library in Putnoe Street by a customer at around 2pm.

Library supervisor Matt Morelli said: “It is amazing that it has travelled 50.5 miles as the crow flies in just three hours.

“It is lovely really. They could have had a two-minute silence just like everyone else but they’ve thought about it and tried to think of a way to make it a bit more special.

“It is something that the children are more likely to remember rather than sitting in silence in their assembly.”

The library team has emailed the school to let them know where the message landed and also tweeted about the find.

Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said: “The balloon clearly travelled at quite a speed to make it all the way to Putnoe Library by 2pm! What a lovely gesture it was from the pupils at Earlsfield Primary School on a day when we are joined together in remembering those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”