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Man shows off ‘world’s oldest balloon’ that’s stayed inflated for almost 30 years


A GRANDSON reckons the balloon he was given on the day he was born is the world’s oldest — as it is still inflated almost 30 years on.

Ryan Harris said the foil “It’s a Boy” balloon from his grandma turned up when his parents were sorting through old boxes.

He said: “It had been forgotten all about. I didn’t want to touch it because I didn’t want it to go bang.”

The foil Forever Friends balloon, with a picture of a bear, and a teddy were a gift from grandmother Josephine, now 82, when Ryan was born at Oxford’s Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on July 11, 1992.

Ryan Harrison, who runs a car detailing business, added: “I have taped it up to stop anything from happening to it. I’m hoping it can get to my 50th birthday.”

The oldest previous inflated balloons are thought to have lasted 26 years.

Jordan Lynam, from Birmingham, said his one — another foil It’s a Boy balloon — survived a series of near misses.

Jordan, from Birmingham, said at the time: “We have had three house removals. Cigarette ends have been dropped on it, yet it’s still full.

“It’s only small, about the size of a tennis ball, but it was that size when it was bought.”

David and Yvonne Freeborn, from Bromley, South London, had still had their balloon from the birth of their daughter Sophie 26 years earlier.”

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