THE BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 – THE COMPETITORS

WHAT: BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHERE: PLYMOUTH HOE, THE PROMENADE, PLYMOUTH
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 8TH & THURSDAY 9TH AUGUST 2018
COST: FREE

Back in January, we brought you news of the forthcoming British Firework Championships taking place in August 2018 and now we have the details of the competitors.

It is most certainly a very competitive line up with some of the best in the UK taking centre stage this year to take the title of British Firework Champions 2018.

Here are the teams:

UK FIREWORK COMPANYNORTH FINCHLEY, LONDON
This company was established in 2009 and are kept busy all year round with fireworks, special effects, fire-writing (lancework) and indoor pyrotechnics.

The competed here last year and were narrowly beaten to the win by Selstar. Fingers crossed that this will be their year to lift the silverware.

SMART PYROTECHNICSDEVIZES, WILTSHIRE
Owned by Steve Martin and Anthony Foti, the operations on a day to day basis remain under the control of Steve. Anyone in the pyro industry will be familiar with the name Foti as one of the first Italian Firework families who has been in the firework world since 1793 and today, are at the forefront of international firework events globally.

In 2014 they were awarded a richly deserved 1st place in Courchevel’s Festival d’art Pyrotechnique and last year they competed in the Champion of Champions British Musical Firework Championships in Southport where they were narrowly beaten by Sirotechnics but they did pick up the Peoples Choice awards and in some respects I do agree because overall the Sirotechnics show was better the finale from Smart was absolutely electrifying.

FULLY FUSED FIREWORKSSHEFFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE
The team from Fully Fused have been at the forefront of National and International displays both in competition and for overseas clientele. They have been creating awe-inspiring displays for more than 30 years. Expect a jaw-dropping display which will have the crowd talking about it for days to come from this amazing professional team.

PHOENIX FIREWORKSWROTHAM, KENT
This company has been delighting crowds with their innovative display design and attention to detail for 40 years and continue to thrill crowds today. The team believe that planning is paramount, and the team took part in last year’s BMFC champion of champions event alongside Smart Pyrotechnics at the event in Southport, once again missing out on the top spot.

One of the most memorable projects this team has undertaken was the Sony Bravia LCS TV advert in which they were tasked with firing 70,000 litres of paint down the side of a building. A staggering 1700 detonators and 57 kilometres of copper wire were used to create the advert which became one of the most iconic in 2006.
More recently, they have done the stills for the front page of Tatler, one of the oldest monthly issue magazines in the World having first being published in 1901.

FUSE FIREWORKSRETFORD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Run and owned by Zoe and Brian Marshall, this team have displayed for TV, Formula One, Next and even our local shopping centre Meadowhall. Remaining committed to their Customer Service principles and their commitment to maintaining their attention to the finer details has ensured that this team are incredibly busy all year around. In 2017 they fired a staggering 51 shows for BFN including the huge event at Alexandra Palace which was voted the best in the UK by the Telegraph. I am really looking forward to seeing what this crew will bring to the event.

ILLUSION FIREWORKSWALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE
Although the company was only established in 2014, they have a long fireworks connection as Karl crewed for teams up and down the country for years before taking the plunge and setting up independently.

That was only the start of it as the team were invited to compete the following year at Newby Hall Firework Champions and won the event first time out. They went on to win once again at last years Firework Champions even at Ragley Hall and get better and better. Expect bright colours and huge effects from this display team as they follow the company’s tag-line of a sky full of magic.

Good luck to all the teams competing this year and we will, of course, bring you details of the competition winners in mid-August. 1st reserve team are The Fireworkers from Driffield, East Yorkshire and the 2nd reserve are Nemesis Pyrotechnics from Crewe, Cheshire.

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EASTNOR CASTLE – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS EVENT 2018

WHAT: EASTNOR CASTLE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2018
WHY: FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: EASTNOR CASTLE, LEDBURY, HEREFORDSHIRE, HR8 1RL
WHEN: SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2018

This is the fifth in the Firework Champions event calendar and the penultimate show for the 2018 calendar.

The venue is the gorgeous Eastnor Castle which became one of the mainstays for the MLE Firework Champions events in 2009 and continues to play host in impeccable fashion.

Set in the stunning Malvern Hills, in an area of outstanding natural beauty it is the perfect setting for this mock revival castle. It is a grade I listed building in the middle of this 5000-acre estate, and the interior architecture is predominantly Gothic.

Eastnor was built between 1810 – 1824 and was founded by John Cocks, 1st Earl of Somers and remains in the family to this day.

When the family of the current family came along, they saved the day as the castle was in terrible disrepair and the Hervey Bathurst’s knew that the only way to truly save it was to allow public use and access.

The house is full of medieval armour and some stunning fine art and tapestries, one of this depict a poem dedicated to Catherine de Medici, former mother in law of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Whilst still very much a home to James and his family, the house is open to the public on specific days between the end of March and the August Bank holiday weekend and thereafter just Sundays until the end of September.

ATOM FIREWORKS – MANCHESTER
Atom Fireworks first participated in a Firework Champions event in 2016 at Ragley Hall and they WON! Last year, however, they narrowly missed out on a top spot which went to Skyburst.
The team represents a mid-sized display company which has a clientele list which includes Local Government, weddings and celebrations and a local prestigious golf.
This team use the popular and reliable Fire by Wire firing system; which gives split-second accuracy on all their displays. Good luck.

MDL FIREWORKS – WIGAN, LANCASHIRE
This team cover the whole of the UK mainland with an average of 150 displays a year so no stranger to the pyro industry. They manage to keep the business in the family remaining true to their ethos of family first.
Clients include the huge Trafford Centre, the RAF, all the major UK TV networks, and BT.
This will be the fifth time they have competed at a Firework Champions event so they know the crack as the saying goes so they will definitely be expected to bring something really special to this year’s competition.

STELLAR FIREWORKS – CREWKERNE, SOMERSET
Acknowledged for their passion for pyro and attention to detail, no job is too big or too small for this team to offer the personal touch.
Lovers of fireworks from a young age, this team of pyromaniacs have been in the business for some time but this will be their first time at a Firework Champions event and we are expecting a spectacular display from them.

Once all the teams have finished their displays, they can for a short while sit back and relax whilst the voting opens (SMS voting within the venue) and watch organisers MLE Pyrotechnics take first position and fill the sky with a finale display; It will make quite the change for the firers to see the fireworks instead of a lot of noise and smoke at ground zero.

If you want to arrange an overnight stay close by, there are details on the Firework Champions website or indeed you can take your tent/caravan or motorhome and spend the night.

We will, of course, bring you all the news and gossip from each of the venues once the events have taken place.

Take care.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018 – THE YEAR OF THE DOG – LONDON CELEBRATIONS

WHAT: CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS LONDON
WHERE: CENTRAL LONDON – CHINATOWN
WHEN: FRIDAY 16TH – SUNDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2018
COST: FREE ENTERTAINMENT

2018 marks the Chinese New Year of the Brown Earth Dog is said to be a good year for finances but a pretty poor outlook for health and well being unless you keep a close eye on it.

Here in the UK, the Chinese Community is one of the oldest immigrant communities in the world since settling here in the late 18th century.

The original Chinatown was in London’s Limehouse district and the population was mainly men who were merchant seaman who had arrived here on ships from Canton and South China. The area also sadly became synonymous with opium dens and in Victorian England, the writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle even had his main character, Sherlock Holmes, depicted as an opium addict and a frequent visitor to the dens.

Whilst the community remained in the area from around 1880, the area was massively damaged by bombing raids during the blitz. The Chinatown today was established in the late 70’s and is now in the City of Westminster around Gerrard Street (just off the swanky Shaftesbury Avenue). Today the area is home to over 120,000 ethnic Chinese people which represents almost a third of the Chinese population of the UK. There are Chinatowns in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle Upon Tyne where the remaining 240,000 reside.

2013 Chinese New Year

The official London Chinese New Year parade takes place on Sunday 18th February 2018, in and around Trafalgar Square. The event includes a parade, acrobatic demonstrations, the mandatory Lion dance as well as a huge number of workshops on calligraphy, kung fu, tai chi and Chinese mask making to name just a few.
Of course, over in China, the Spring Festival will last for around 7-days but also includes 3 national holiday days. The children will have 4 weeks away from school which is all well and good if you live in one of the warmer provinces like Nanning where it is around 75 – 80 F but what if you live in Harbin where the temperatures are -38 C.

The eve of the new year is particularly important as the Chinese meet up with all their family at the eldest person house (or close-by) and enjoy a reunion dinner together. This will usually feature meat in the form of chicken and pork and seafood (lobster and abalone – sea snail) and of course dumplings, sweet and sour dishes, hot and spicy and usually a whole fish (head, eyes, tail all intact) but the fish is never completed as to have some left over is surplus and means that the household will never go hungry and they will always have a surplus of money, food, good health and wisdom for the forthcoming year.

So, if you are at a loose end this weekend and fancy trying your hand at something a little different, get along to one of the cities detailed and see the fascinating lion dance and all its colour for yourself. Check local press for details.

CHWEN JEE-EH KWAI LE

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