Helium bottle turns up after 6years

I had a phone call from one of my customers the other day asking me if I could collect some empty helium cylinders from a remote location. The company build houses and we deliver helium all over the UK for them dropping the cylinder off at each location and collecting after they have finished with the promotion. The cylinder is usually delivery to the sales office which is situated in the middle of the site, it’s a building site and over the months the out look changes, the sales office moves into the newly completed show home, the site is them completed, the show homes are sold , the site closes down as all the houses are sold. I remember delivering to this site but no collection was made, our records show the bottle was lost and signed off (Paid for by the client) so you can imagine my surprise when the phone call came through. Luckey today I was delivering in Northampton and Silverstone and the original site is just down the road in Banbury so I set the Sat Nav with the post code and off I went and yep the bottles were there. The sale office was gone but I had found the bottles and they even had the filling kits attached. Result.

The Sale Office has been demolished to make way for new apartments.
They look a bit sorry for them selves but after 6 years I’m happy to see them. One of then still has the pink location tag attached giving information about the delivery date and cylinder location and the other has a broken head.

Welcome home boys


About matthewlewisdisplays

We are a small balloon company based in Coventry. We specialize in balloon decoration and balloon printing. We have our own balloon printing machines & print on Qualatex latex balloons from 9" to 36" as well as 4ft & 5.5ft Chloroprenes in single colour and foils balloons from 18" , 20" and 36" in multi colour. We also have a full digital print arm to the company supplying business stationary and balloon race labels. As for me I'm self motivated, love my job and private life. Im married to Traci, have two children Joshua (Josh) and Harriet (Harribo) and two dogs, Midnight is a black Labrador and Zara is a black shaggy coated Labradoodle. My main hobby is fishing which I find very relaxing and I can be found with a rod in my hand most Sundays (Weather permitting). I also run a quiz every Monday evening in the pub I live next door to raising money for SANDS My balloon decorating career started many moons ago in 1989. I was introduced to Qualatex balloons just after that, passed my CBA in 1994 and have never looked back since. My work has taken me length and breath of England and into Europe working on large scale decor at Euro Disney in Paris and as well as Alacante in Spain and more recently appearing on the hit TV show "Idiot Abroad" staring Karl Pilkington & Warwick Davis on location in Macedonia for the 3rd and final series. My passion for balloons and balloon decoration continues to grow and I am a great believer that to be the best you need to use the best so Qualatex are my first and only balloon I use for large scale WOW factor decor. Their education and training are second to none and their vast array of products tick all the right boxes in the creative juices department.
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One Response to Helium bottle turns up after 6years

  1. Jim Campbell says:

    Hi Matthew,
    I find that tracking gas cylinders down can quite often be a real pain. I once had a client take a gas cylinder to one of their offices in a different country and then couldn’t be bothered bringing it pack, after paying rental for nearly a year they decided to declare it lost and paid for it. I had another client who swore blind that he had brought a cylinder back to us, after several months we found out that he had actually got his assistant to bring it back to us but his assistant had got the wrong address (the ‘gardens’ instead of the ‘road’), although when he took it to the door no one was in so he took it into the back garden and stuck it under a hedge. When we tracked it down about four months later it was still under the hedge, covered in snails.
    What can you do?

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