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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 EASTNOR CASTLE

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 – EASTNOR CASTLE
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: EASTNOR CASTLE, LEDBURY, HEREFORDSHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST 2019
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

This is the penultimate event in the Firework Champions calendar and one which is widely supported both locally and nationally.

A great social event to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family before an evening of the best the UK has to offer in firework displays.

The set up is that there are 3 competitive displays of around 10 minutes each with a short gap between each team’s display followed by text voting and a finale show whilst the votes are counted by organisers MLE Pyrotechnics.

You can play this either way; a few egg sarnies and a bottle of water or go the full hog and order a luxury hamper with Champagne and foie gras. There are also vendors on site if you get a yearning for a greasy burger too so something to suit every pocket and taste.

There are bouncy castles, rides, and attractions too so the children will have plenty to do before festivities begin.

Here are the competitors:

CAMBRIDGE FIREWORKS – CAMBRIDGE

This will be the 3rd time this team have competed at a Firework Champions event and lifted the win last year at the beautiful Ragley Hall.

Cambridge fireworks has more than 60-years of experience in the world of pyrotechnics which is evidenced by their professionalism and attention to detail; lots of colour, effects and precision timing.

SKYDAZZLE PYROTECHNICS – NEWPORT, WALES

This team has more than 20 years in the business of pyrotechnics run by hubby and wife team Mike and Karen. They are not afraid of getting wet and muddy and are acknowledged as one of the nicest couples on the pro-firing circuit and Karen mothers and feeds them all. They have a huge array of trophies and will, of course, be bringing their ‘A’ game.  Renowned for their music choreography you can expect a very touching and emotional display.

PENDRAGON FIREWORKS – CWMBRAN, WALES

The premier firework display company in Wales with 20 years experience they have an outstanding safety record and supply fireworks for everything from weddings and celebrations to product launches and all in between.

They won the Welsh National Firework Championships two years running and in 2008 won the prestigious British Firework Championships in Plymouth.

Once all three teams have shown their wares it is time to open the vote, which is done by both a team of judges and the gathered crowds at the event. Whilst this is in process, organisers of the Firework Champions series of events, MLE Pyrotechnics take centre stage. This Daventry based company have been firing professional shows since 2005 and were central in the creation of the spectacular and highly accurate firing system ‘Fire By Wire’ which is used across the firework industry.

We would like to offer all the competitors our very best and we will bring you details of the winners shortly.

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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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EASTNOR CASTLE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2016

WHAT: EASTNOR CASTLE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS
WHEN: SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2016
WHERE: EASTNOR CASTLE, LEDBURY, HEREFORDSHIRE, HR8 1RL
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Eastnor Castle is a stunning example of early 19th century mock-gothic revival style which nestles gently into the Malvern Foothills. Built by the current occupiers James Hervey Bathhurst’s family in the early 19th century, it sits majestically on land purchased by his family in the late 16th century. This beautiful Grade I listed Castle was designed by Robert Smirke, an architect of note who also designed the British Museum.

James Hervey Bathurst, current occupier is a direct descendent of John Cocks, 1st Earl Somers and works tirelessly for the restoration and upkeep of International places of interest. He is also president of the Historic Houses Association, the Vice President of European Historic Houses and chairman and trustee of the UK branch of the World Monuments fund.

His first wife Sarah started the restoration project in 1988 and they had soon made inroads with the repairs and today, the venue is available to book for weddings, corporate events and of course film/TV production and product launch. There are even several fully restored bedrooms for you to spend the night in luxuriant splendour in a Castle for the night!

In the grounds, there is a lake, an arboretum, deer park, a huge children’s nature trail and the knight’s maze. Great to just kick back and take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the house and gardens before the fireworks get under way just after 9.15 with a demonstration/tutorial about Category 4 pyrotechnics (professional use ONLY) before the competitors take their places.

The event is the brainchild of MLE Pyrotechnics who will be responsible for the finale show whilst the votes are cast and counted.

The teams competing at Eastnor Castle this year are as follows:

9.30 F1 PYRO – BURGESS HILL

The team from F1 Pyro are delighted to be invited to take part in this years Firework Champions event at the beautiful Eastnor Castle having been three times winners of the event at other locations previously. Last year saw the team lift the coveted Southport British Musical Firework Championships.

Established in 2009, the team continues to go from strength to strength.

Display by: Nick
Firing system: FireOne

9.45 TWO TIGERS FIREWORKS – OKEHAMPTON, DEVON

This team of professionals were very proud winners of the Firework Champions event back in 2010 at Eastnor so they are really looking forward to the return.

Established in 2001, they have a busy order book with regular work within the local area as well as across the country, firing at a variety of major events and music festivals. Along with the fireworks, they regularly include light shows, video projections, fire-sculpting etc – basically, you name it, they do it!

They plan to have the audience ‘getting on down’ to some sick disco and funk tracks.

Display by: Richard Cranmer

10.00 FLASHPOINT FIREWORKS

This team was established in 2003 and they have been winners at Southport BMFC and again at Eastnor Castle and they continue to go from strength to strength. All highly trained in all aspects of display pyrotechnics they keep their finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest innovations within the
Industry. They are renowned for their split second timing and passion for colour and effect – watch this team closely!

Display by: Ian Skilton
Firing system: FireByWire

10.40 Once all of the competitors have shown their wares, the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics take to the stage whilst the public votes are cast and counted. MLE’s display will not be subject to competition rules so you may see some really new and innovative pieces.

The gates open at 5.30pm to allow people to get settled before the competition gets underway. You are welcome to bring along a picnic and take your positions for best views early doors. Camping overnight is available in the field next to the car park at £10 per adult per night.

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