WHAT: NEW WORLD RECORD FOR THE LARGEST AERIAL FIREWORK SHELL LAUNCHED WHERE: AL MARJAN ISLAND IN RAS AL KHAIMAH WHEN: NEW YEARS EVE 2018
2018 got off to a great start in the UAE with them successfully managing to launch the biggest recorded aerial firework shell.
The record was previously held by Kounosu Firework Festival in Japan on 11th October 2014 which weighed an impressive 1024 kilos.
The new record saw a shell weighing in at a massive 1089 kilos with a diameter of 1500 centimetres (that is just under 5 feet in old money!) burst in the skies over Al Marjan Island. It was absolutely SPECTACULAR and began with a ground break from which the shell was launched giving the effect of a beautiful emerging flower. The huge shell burst into a huge gold with silver tipped brocade changing from yellow to red as the stars floated majestically to earth.
The display was brought together to celebrate the beauty of the man-made island archipelago and was choreographed to music from around the world to encourage further tourism to the region.
The preceding display was under the watchful eye of Fireworks by Grucci, one of the original Italian Firework families who has been in the business for six generations and continues to delight all who see their magical displays. Most famously, they have been responsible for the Presidential inauguration fireworks for the last 8 presidents.
VERY WELL DONE TO THE UAE AND OF COURSE THE INDOMITABLE FIREWORKS BY GRUCCI
Big Ben rang out for the last time in 2017 as it welcomed in another New Year.
The fireworks were the responsibility of Titanium Fireworks who have been in control of the London NYE pyrotechnics for a number of years now. On what was a challenging site to fire from and weather that would have tested the most hardy of technicians, they did at least get no dark sky moments but it did look as if the high winds had affected the choices made for the finale as it was not as big as we usually see. The lasers were lovely but they did make some of the sections appear to be even smokier than perhaps they might have been.
As the clock struck 12, all the revellers in and around London were waiting with bated breath to see the fireworks. The theme was all about celebrating women and the live performances leading up to the fireworks were by some of the biggest female names in the music industry, but the actual tracks used for the fireworks were almost all male?
All in all, better than the rest of the World (as usual).
Since it’s installation in 1859, this is the 158th year the bell, housed in the Elizabeth Tower has been rung to celebrate the arrival of another New Year but this is only the second time since August the bell has been heard whilst it is out of commission for essential repairs both to the Great Westminster Clock face and the tower housing the bells. This is to make it more accessible (putting in lifts) and maintain it for future generations.
The work is set to take around 4 years but the cost has already risen massively from the original cost of around £29 million to now £61 million. The bells will remain silent now (providing there are no major national events) until Remembrance Sunday 2018.
We would like to wish all our customers a very happy and prosperous New Year 2018 and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.