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British Firework Championships Results

PLYMOUTH – BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 – DAY 1

Tuesday 16th August saw the opening of the British Firework Championships get under way in the clear skies over the Plymouth Hoe on a beautiful evening.

This is the 20th edition of the event and the boys are definitely all going hell for leather for the win.

First up to show their skills; SMArt Pyrotechnics – Salisbury

Their opening sequence was really pretty and there were some huge breaks. A beautiful display full of colour and effect with no apparent ‘hoohah’s’ and a very good finale but some odd shots after the display had ended. Good show SMArt.

Second to step up to the plate: Phoenix Fireworks – Sevenoaks

The titanium salutes at the beginning were incredibly loud and bright. The wide mixture of effects was a little haphazard for my taste as I tend to prefer symmetry but some of their really bright coloured horsetails were sublime. There was a definite pregnant pause at around the halfway mark which may simply have been a transition between sets and there were a couple of rogue pieces like a gold in the midst of a red section and then a single green in the mix for a gold section but overall, good job.

Last firework display on day 1 of the Championships: F1 Pyro

Very clean opening with some enormous shells and a great selection of colour and effects. The angles were good and the blue sweeping section was spot on and the hang time on a willow just over halfway through was absolutely awesome.

F1 were the best on the night in my opinion but they all had smoke issues on some level and the right hand side was difficult to see as a result but in fairness, all three displays were absolutely amazing.

Sadly, whilst the first night escaped the curse of the British Firework Champs weather (ahhh yes, the winds of 2012) the second is looking to be a bit of a shocker as the forecaster shows that they are expecting high winds and heavy rain after 7.00pm.

Fingers crossed that they are able to carry on.

PLYMOUTH – BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 – DAY 2

Day two of the BFC at Plymouth Hoe did well to manage to get under way last night as the threat of bad weather was ever-present; as high winds and torrential rain were expected but, the pyro gods must have been smiling on the teams as they all managed to put on a show.

First up; Aurora Fireworks – Wisborough Green, West Sussex

A quality selection of goods although a little too much red for my taste but really pretty nonetheless. I would add that the heights attained were very well matched resulting in a very precise display. The finale was super bright – good effort from team Aurora.

Next up; Distant Thunder Fireworks – Devizes, Wiltshire

This was my personal favourite as there were lots of really good colour combinations. Whilst the finale was a little lacklustre appearing to have experienced some technical difficulties as both sides had different effects going off but a beautiful display nonetheless.

Final team: Gala Fireworks – Northampton

The sweeping single shot work was precision personified and there were some lovely cube shells. Lots of variety and some massive breaks. The finale was awesome and the titanium flashes in the final run were just the icing on the cake.

After two nights of hard-fought competition, the winners were announced:

GALA FIREWORKS – WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS

BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHAT: THE BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
WHEN: TUESDAY 16th AND WEDNESDAY 17th AUGUST 2016
WHERE: PLYMOUTH HOE, THE PROMENADE, PLYMOUTH
WHY: BRITISH FIREWORKS COMPETITION
COST: FREE

2016 marks the 18th occasion the British Firework Championships will be held. The competition started in 1997 by The Event Services Association (TESSA) following on from a desire within the professional display industry to enjoy competition and demonstrate and hone their skills and so the British Firework Championships was born.

The event will be held on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August 2016 on the Hoe. There will be entertainment provided alongside the fireworks over both evenings including a Fun-fair, thrill rides, Heart FM and attractions alongside drinks and food concessions.

The fireworks bring in up to 100,000 per evening to the area so it is massively important to the economy as well as being downright entertaining.

The teams firing are:

AURORA FIREWORKS
SHELLSCAPE PYROTECHNICS
PHOENIX FIREWORKS
GALA FIREWORKS
DISTANT THUNDER FIREWORKS
SMART PYROTECHNICS

RESERVE TEAM: F1 PYROTECHNICS

At this time, we are not aware of the firing order but we will of course update you as soon as we know.

In the meantime, last year’s event was won for a second time by the talented team representing Fantastic Fireworks. They were responsible for the exceptional event at Drayton Manor last year when they provided a firework display choreographed to the soundtrack of the War of the Worlds by H G Wells in celebration of the park’s 65th Anniversary. According to friends who attended, they said it was one of the best pyrotechnic displays choreographed to the narration of the film footage they had ever seen.

So, in the mid summer holidays, get along to Plymouth, spend the day on the beautiful beach and the evening captivated by some of the most incredible pyrotechnics you will have ever witnessed.

Who Won Plymouth Fireworks

Day two of the British Firework Championships (details of day 1 can be found here) and the competition remained close to the last burst.

Firing were, Fantastic Fireworks, Gala Fireworks and First Galaxy Fireworks but unlike Tuesday, when it was a very nice balmy evening yesterday it was banging down most of the day so the second set of teams were already on the back foot. The conditions at the Hoe also resulted in the Red Arrows having to cancel their display because of the low cloud, rain and sea mist.

British Firework Championships - Plymouth - 18/08/2015

But, despite the inclement conditions, like the professionals they are, the show must go on.

Fantastic Fireworks – 9.30 pm

The team from Fantastic Fireworks are from Pepperstock and from the very first burst, this team were definitely on point. Some of the early shells were absolutely HUGE. Great colour combinations with some rich cherry reds and beautiful lilacs and the red heart sequence at just under 2 minutes was beautiful and evoked some genuine oohs and ahhs from the gathered spectators. Smiley faces were as cute as!

The pace slowed a little for the longer lasting effects so that the spectators could see the falling, strobing pieces more effectively – very very LOUD!

Some of the mid section was pure noise with a couple of titanium flashes for good measure before the 7 minute mark when the fast firing fans were pretty and increased in intensity as the pace picked up. Beautiful colour combinations.

Conditions were against them but they lit up the whole of the area with their HUGE finale which looked like Hiroshima having another ‘one of those days’ crikey moses it was incredible. BRILLIANT

Gala Fireworks – 9.50pm

This professional team hail from Northampton and have notched up wins at a number of Firework Champions events in the past few years.

The opening was immense and a great start but although beautifully paced with some awesome effects, a couple of minutes in, the technical difficulties that were going to affect them throughout were apparent and impacted on the flow of the display massively. Gorgeous sweeping fans with some brilliantly bright colours but the slight pause between the effects gave the feeling of each part being a separate entity rather than as part of a whole.

At 6 ½ minutes in it looked as if someone had hit ‘fire all’ as the sky was packed with pyro – a little strange and polar opposite from the dark sky to having so much going on you didn’t know where to look first. The super shells were AWESOME! And the finale was LOUD BRIGHT and full of flash. Great effort – shame about the tech issues :(

First Galaxy 10.10pm

Nottingham based First Galaxy Fireworks were newcomers to the British Firework Championships. They opened with some beautiful and incredibly loud pieces which were symmetrical and incorporated a wide variety of colours and effects. Multi coloured horse tails followed by slowly falling silver to gold ones were stunning.

The groundwork (imho) was not on the same page as the aerial bursts but, was still a beautiful mid section. The glittering tailed comets were beautiful and as the cadence picked up, the fast firing sweep was lovely. I just loved the multi colour changing shells too.

The pace was on point throughout and it built nicely to a deafening crescendo with every effect and colour of the rainbow in there for good measure.

All the displays were a credit to the teams involved but there has to be a winner and on this occasion, first night team Spyrotechnics were just edged out because of the innovative heart sequence from Fantastic Fireworks who came away winners with Spyrotechnics as first runner-up.

British Firework Championships - Plymouth - 18/08/2015

Great event once again – well done to all the competitors ;-)