FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – EVENT 4 – RAGLEY HALL

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2018 – RAGLEY HALL
WHEN: SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018
WHERE: RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER, WARWICKSHIRE, B49 5NJ
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION

The fourth of the series of the highly popular Firework Champions events taking place in another of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes Ragley Hall, Warwickshire.

Each of the competitions in this series of events pits the abilities of 3 professional teams from across the UK against one another in this winner takes all event. Each team creates a 10-minute display choreographed to music using professional firework CAT4 products which are exclusively for pro use only.

Competing this week are the professional firing teams from:

CAMBRIDGE FIREWORKS
SKYDAZZLE PYROTECHNICS
G-FORCE FIREWORKS

The only first-timers in the group this time are Cambridge Fireworks as both Skydazzle and G-Force Fireworks have competed in Firework Champions events previously.

The celebration display after the competition will be brought to you by MLE Pyrotechnics who are a leading light in the fireworks industry and have remained at the top of their game for approaching 20 years. They have a reputation for use of pyrotechnics from across Europe in their shows bringing that something special to the table.

For a more in-depth review of the teams and the venue, check out our earlier blog post.

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Eastbourne Airshow

WHAT: AIRBOURNE – EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW
WHY: INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW FEATURING FIREWORKS
WHERE: EASTBOURNE SEAFRONT
WHEN: 16TH – 19TH AUGUST 2018
COST: FREE

The Annual Eastbourne Airshow is entering its 14th year from it’s inception in 2005 and today it is billed as the tourism event of the year and the best free air show around. This incredible four-day show, held along Eastbourne’s picturesque seafront, brings together the incredible flying talents of our home grown Red Arrows and International flying teams from around the world for the entertainment of the masses.

The company running the whole shebang is Airbourne who have 26 years of flying excellence under their belt.

The event will feature:
• RED ARROWS DISPLAY TEAM
• RAF TUTOR
• THE BLADES
• RAF TYPHOON
• FLYING CIRCUS
• DISPLAYS AT DUSK – FEATURING AERIAL LIGHTING AND FIREWORKS

Also included:
• SIMULATORS
• HOT AND COLD DRINKS, DONUTS, MILKSHAKES ETC
• TRANSFORMERS
• PARASHOOTING
• ARMOURED VEHICLES
• CAREERS AVISORS FROM THE ARMED FORCES

The display flying can be seen from Beachy Head in the West to the Promenade and beyond.

The fireworks will be the responsibility of Frontier Fireworks Ltd who have been in the professional pyro business for the last 21 years. Clients include Red Arrows, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Katherine Jenkins, British Olympic Association and the X-Factor.

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This Weekends Winners Are

FIREWORK COMPETITION – AND THE WINNER IS …!!

This weekend saw one of the uk’s most coveted firework competitions and one of the biggest in europe taking place.

Down in Plymouth, Wednesday and Thursday nights had a sky full of fireworks for the British Firework Championships over the beautiful Plymouth Sound.

Here in the UK, the competition was won by the team from Illusion Fireworks amid much controversy. During their display, one of the effects units landed in their opposition’s site (Phoenix Fireworks) and set fire to one of their wiring looms all but destroying their chances of lifting the silverware.

There has been much discussion regarding this issue, and the win, particularly as some of the other competing teams, believed that the amount of pyro in use was not within the ‘guidelines’. But, whether this was the case or just one of sour grapes is anyone’s guess. I am sure that the other teams will all have their own opinions too and will be only too glad to ‘share’ their thoughts around social media. I have to say, having watched the video of the display, it was absolutely beautiful so well done to Illusion Fireworks – a win’s a win, however, it is gained!

Over in Poland, teams from the Philippines, Romania, the UK and Poland took centre stage. From the outset, the team from Pyrotex Fireworx in the UK were in another league. Their display was clean, crisp and incredibly symmetrical and gained them a very well-deserved win.

Last, but by no means least, Firework Champions was at Belvoir Castle when teams from Fusion, Flashpoint, and Optimum Fireworks went head to head in the third in the series of events from the Firework Champions calendar. Winners were local team Optimum Fireworks – our warmest congratulations to Phil and Rebecca Cooper.

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