Darth Vader Balloon Makes Mark Hamill’s Week

This week the Bristol International Ballon Festival was held here in the UK and a Darth Vader hot air balloon in flight has caught the attention of Mark Hamill on social media via the BBC.

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has hailed the uplifting impact of a Darth Vader hot air balloon.

Hamill, who plays Vader’s son in Star Wars, posted on social media after spotting a video from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

He said the giant balloon of Vader’s mask had “raised his spirits” after a “horrible, no good, terrible week”, adding “thanks dad”.

The event organisers hailed Hamill’s comment as a “legendary moment”.

The Star Wars villain was brought to Bristol for the first time since it was built following a crowdfunding campaign.

It was the highlight of the first mass ascent of the four-day fiesta in Ashton Court, Bristol, on Thursday.

Organisers tweeted a reply to Hamill, which said: “We’re sorry to hear you’ve had a bad week, but you’ve just made our week! Search your feelings, you know it to be true!”


The balloon fiesta runs until Sunday, although organisers have had to scale back the number of planned mass ascents because of severe weather warnings.

Even Star Wars author Cavan Scott, who hails from the Bristol area, shared his own sightings via his Twitter account.

Let’s all hope that the high winds effecting the UK subside this weekend so the Dark Lord of the Sith can take flight again!

SOURCEBBC News
Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.