为了迎接4月16日的复活节,苏格兰一对情侣花费全部积蓄7000英镑在格拉斯哥的码头用800多个小时建起一座由2万个气球构成的梦幻“城堡”!

30岁的萨米•桑基(Sammy Sankey)和她的男友共同经营着一家儿童主题公司,他们称建造“城堡”的灵感来自于格拉斯哥国王公园的一处景点。那里有随风飘拂的垂柳和森林里的小动物。于是,他们租下码头,花了6个多星期,不知疲倦地建成了“气球城堡”。

这是苏格兰第一个大规模的气球结构,其中所有的“小动物”都是两人手工制作而成。为了给游客们更好的游玩体验,“城堡”将营业到4月17日,每次只能同时进去5人。桑基二人会给孩子们表演魔术,组织一些小游戏,并将他们编织气球的手艺教给游客。

桑基称,这是他们的第一次尝试,他们承担了很大的风险,也并没有想着能赚钱,他们只是想证明自己可以做到。她还称将在之后的圣诞节和万圣节等节日里建造更多不一样的“城堡”,到时候再慢慢将投入的成本收回。

幸运的是,他们的“城堡”吸引了不少的游客,越来越多的人前来参观游玩。两人准备了1000张门票,每张售价3英镑,目前已经全部售空。

 

A couple have blown their savings on a spectacular inflatable garden made from more than 20,000 balloons.

Children’s entertainers Sammy Sankey, 30, and Donnie Macneil, 29, spent 800 hours over six weeks building the stunning Easter wonderland.

Buying the balloons and renting space at The Quay in Glasgow cost £7,000.

But luckily the couple say they will break even and may even make a small profit from the venture by charging £3 for tickets which are already sold out.

The attraction, inspired by King’s Park in Glasgow, features woodland critters, a school for bunnies and a brilliantly weaved weeping willow tree in a small space.

Miss Sankey, who runs kids party company Rainbow Twisters with her partner, said they were not concerned with making money with their first attempt at a balloon structure.

She said: ‘We spent all our savings on this and we weren’t sure if it was going to work out.

‘But thankfully we’ve managed to sell out tickets and are trying to find a way to squeeze more people into the space.

‘We’ll break even and may even make a small profit from it. We love doing this and hope to do more balloon structures for summer, Christmas and Halloween.

‘We took a big risk and are delighted that it seems to be working out. We’d love to keep doing this.

‘We were not concerned with making money with this one. We just wanted to show that we could do it and hope to make more money out of it in the future..’

Miss Sankey, who previously worked as a clown, and Mr Macneil, who used to be an electrician, spent six weeks tirelessly putting together the phenomenal structure.

They will also be giving children a magic show, an Easter Egg hunt and will try to pass on some of their expert knowledge of manipulating balloons into shape.

It is thought to be the first balloon structure built to this scale in Scotland.

Miss Sankey added: ‘We worked non-stop for six weeks on this and thankfully we haven’t had anyone pop any balloons yet.

‘It has been a lot of work but we’re so happy to do it. We’ve never been happier.

‘We’ll be doing a magic show for the kids and trying to teach them some of our balloon building tricks as well.

‘Only five people are allowed into the garden at a time because we want to give people the best experience possible – and try to prevent any from bursting.’

Those hoping to see the incredible Easter garden in person may be out of luck however as the pair have sold out of their 1,000 tickets for their shows which run until April 17.