A transatlantic journey for this fun day balloon!

Sarah Ottaway, pictured with her daughter Francesca and the postcard they received from America after entering a balloon race.

Sarah Ottaway, pictured with her daughter Francesca and the postcard they received from America after entering a balloon race.

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A family were left amazed when they discovered a balloon they released in their home town of Mytholmroyd travelled thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

In August, Sarah and Richard Ottaway along with their three-year-old daughter Francesca went along to a fun day at Mytholmroyd Working Men’s Club to raise funds for Mytholmroyd playgroup and toddlers.

As part of the day, a balloon race was held and everyone had the opportunity to purchase a balloon and attach their name and address.

Months later, the Ottaways were delighted to discover that the balloon had travelled thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean to New York , when little Francesca received her very own ‘Letter from America’ in reply.

The surprise postcard was a photograph of the Navy Pier in Chicago - where the sender had returned from a trip.

Sarah, 37, said: “I was shocked when we received the card.

“Unfortunately Francesca didn’t win the race but we were still very excited to receive a postcard all the way from New York.”

And this Christmas, there will be a little piece of the Calder Valley across the ocean.

Sarah added: “We have sent the lady who was kind enough to send the postcard a Christmas card and a calendar with pictures of the surrounding area on.”