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International sporting events are always of massive interest both to the media and of course the viewing public. The event brings together athletes from nations all under the Commonwealth of Nations.

First held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930, where it included just 6 different sports with 59 disciplines within each sport. Today’s Commonwealth Games has 18 core sports with 275 medals up for grabs. The Commonwealth Games includes both able-bodied and those with disabilities, making it a truly integrated Games.

The Games began in 1930 in Canada and featured representatives from 11 countries at that time. Today, they include 53 members of the Commonwealth of nations, most of which are former territories of the British Empire, established in the 16-18th centuries and it was at the time the largest empire in history.

Today, the members are from the World’s largest and richest to the smallest and poorest countries on the planet.

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics are a professional firework company display team from Australia. The company produces some of the best firework shows in the World and previous displays for MASSIVE events including Sydney Olympics as well as the Commonwealth Games as well as the massive celebrations for Australia Day. They not only display but actually make the vast majority of their own pyrotechnics as well.

Howard & Sons are 4th generation pyro-technicians and follow in the footsteps of Sydney Howard, great-grandfather to the current owners, who set up the business in 1922 and it has never looked back. In fact, in the early days the team were fortunate enough to fire the displays for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for the bi-centenary celebrations of Captain Cook landing in Australia and the opening of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Today, the team put on around 600 World Class shows annually but things did not always go to plan as Australia banned the sale of all fireworks at the end of the 70’s and the company, which had been wholly dependent on the retail and wholesale sale of fireworks changed into a display only team and that as they say is history.

As well as the Pyrotechnics and Special Effects in the Opening & Closing Ceremonies, the display team is providing Flames & Co2 Jets for the sports presentations events at Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics, Netball, Rugby 7’s and Athletics.

At the time of writing this piece, England, NI, Scotland, and Wales have picked up a staggering 116 medals across all sports and the Australian team has 109. However, there is still some way to go yet before the finale and closing ceremonies so COME ON ENGLAND!

Whilst the fireworks at the opening ceremony were nothing short of breath-taking, the build-up and other entertainment fell short of expectations. Jack Morton Worldwide, event marketers who are also responsible for the organisation of the London NYE display have advised that there are plans to ‘up their game’ for the closing ceremony adding that there will be more acts involved which will alleviate against being tagged as boring again by the media.



What: Commonwealth Games 2014
Where: Celtic Park, Glasgow
When: 23rd July 2014 – 4th August 2014

Over 40,000 spectators will shortly be taking their seats for one of the biggest events Scotland has ever seen.

With the TV coverage reaching another billion watchers, already the 20th Commonwealth Games has been at the centre of some controversy, after a plan was launched to blow up five of the remaining six red road tower blocks as part of the opening ceremony using a massive 2755 pounds of high explosive was quashed after an online petition to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the 1960s style accommodation attracted thousands to sign up to keep the iconic skyline.

Over the next 40 days, 6500 athletes from 71 nations will battle it out while onlookers on site will be able to get a clear view of the games on Europe’s biggest TV screen. Weighing in at a gargantuan 38 tonnes, the 100 metre wide-screen, covering a whopping 1020 square metres, it is sure to bring all concerned closer to the action. The “window on the world”, as it has been dubbed, will connect the games, the people of the city and the commonwealth together, although just how this will happen is being kept firmly under wraps. David Zolwer Head of ceremonies and artistic director who has been overseeing rehearsals is keeping shtum, adding to the building anticipation.

What is the Commonwealth?

The Commonwealth is a voluntary intergovernmental association of 53 member states formed in 1949 which have been either directly or indirectly ruled by Great Britain or our Monarch at some point.

Queen Elizabeth II remains the reigning monarch for sixteen of the members, five members having their own monarch with the remainder being republics, each having a common language, history, culture, democracy and human rights.

But let’s face it, it’s the fireworks we are interested in but even with our contacts in the industry we know very little about the pyro that will be fired, such is the secrecy concerned with this event. The little information we have been made aware of, we dare not mention at this point or “heads will roll”.

Here is a clip of the last Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi just to give you an idea of what to expect.

We hope all the competitors perform to the best of their abilities and Good Luck to everyone concerned