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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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BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

WHAT: BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: PLYMOUTH HOE
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 8 TH AND THURSDAY 9 TH AUGUST 2018
COST: FREE

This event is one of the ‘must see’ things of the summer for 2018, in particular, if you are a fan of pyrotechnics as the best the UK has on offer come together to compete for the crown of being British Firework Champions for 2018.

Established in 1997 by TESA (The Event Services Association) it has gone from strength to strength. The rationale was to ensure that best practice became the norm when arranging public events and today, tens of thousands come along to the Plymouth Sound to watch some of the best display fireworks in the UK today. The event brings together 6 teams which compete over the two nights (3 each evening) and then the public and the specially selected judging team award the points before the winners are notified the following day.

The area is beautiful with the firing site in the middle of a natural amphitheater. You can either join in all the fun of the fair or listen to the rousing sounds of Heart FM or conversely, just park yourself overlooking the Plymouth Hoe with your picnic basket and watch the ships and pleasure craft bobbing about in the water whilst the world goes gently by.

The weather conditions can be a bit of a challenge – in fact, in 2012, it was supposed to be a champion of champions event but gale force winds impacted on the display’s so they didn’t choose a winner and deferred the event until 2013 when it was re-run and the winner was Star Fireworks who were crowned Champion of Champions.

Last year, the weather behaved itself and both nights were clear with a light breeze, much to the delight of the pro firers. The winner in 2017 was Selstar Fireworks, 2 nd placed Nemesis Pyrotechnics and 3 rd placed was SmART Pyrotechnics.

Entertainment starts at 6.30pm and the fireworks will start at around 9.30pm (light permitting). There are plenty of good quality food concessions around along with world-class restaurants and
brasseries/bistro’s. The cost per person can vary from around £25 for a steak at the bistro to a chippy tea on the seafront – the choices are staggering. If you like to be a bit more adventurous, you can choose from Turkish, Greek, Japanese, Italian or Thai. If you are planning to turn it into a couple of days away, remember firstly that it is the summer on the south coast of the UK and the accommodation will fill up very quickly.

We will, of course, bring you the competitors once they are available.

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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

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