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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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Firework Champions 2015 Eastnor Castle

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2015 EASTNOR CASTLE
WHERE: EASTNOR CASTLE, LEDBURY, HERTFORDSHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2015
WHY: PROFESSIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £17.00 PER ADULT ONLINE – GATE PRICES ARE HIGHER

The FINAL event of its kind during the Summer 2015 in the Midlands and North of England, this one takes place on 5TH September in the grounds of the stunning Eastnor Castle in Ledbury, Hertfordshire.

One of a series of firework competitions which are the brainchild of pyro gods and organisers MLE Pyrotechnics to show the people of the UK the level of professional fireworks operating on a day-to-day basis, and to let those who have never experienced anything more than a few whizzing and popping garden fireworks in the past just what can be achieved.

The beautiful Eastnor Castle is a 19th century mock revival grade I listed building which is the home of the 6th Baron Somers Mr James Hervey Bathurst and his family. The Castle plays home a simply huge collection of exquisite art and antique furnishings.

The competitors are as follows:

PHOENIX FIREWORKSKENT – 9.30PM

The company has over 40 years experience in the pyrotechnics industry but has been under new management for the last 9-years. The teams are consummate professionals who use bold effects with a brilliant use of colour.

Their back catalogue of achievements is extensive and includes competing in Malta at the international competition in 2012, and being crowned champions at the British Firework Championships in Plymouth in 2009 and lifted the silverware at Eastnor last year. In 2013, whilst they didn’t win the BFC, they did receive a special innovation award for their efforts in the field of advanced pyrotechnics.

The company was responsible for the Sony Bravia advertisement where the colours were bursting off the side of the building.

SHOCKWAVE PYROTECHNICSREDDITCH – 9.45PM

This is the 5th time the team from Shockwave Pyrotechnics will be competing at one of other of the magnificent Firework Champions events.

The company was established in 2007, but whilst still a young upcoming company, they have an ever-expanding customer base. The family run business is dedicated to creating beautiful, memorable displays. They were lucky enough to life the Firework Champions trophy at Eastnor Castle in 2011 and again at Stanford Hall last year. Having watched last year’s display it was absolutely beautiful with some really pretty criss-cross sections about halfway through which were exceptional and at a nice pace until the finale which was just AWESOME – beautiful fanned rainbows with huge bronze willow bursts to end – WOW

SONNING FIREWORKSBERKSHIRE – 10:00PM

This Berkshire based company has more than 15 years experience and they are also credited with the creation of firing and design software systems to be used within the pyrotechnics industry. Merlin Fire III and IonFire Music Software are both used widely around the world today.

The team are known for creating displays to appeal to broader audiences including some quieter sections and high colour/high noise as well. Last year at MLE’s Eastnor Castle event, they choreographed to The Muppet Show theme tune which certainly makes a refreshing change from more strains of ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ (again!) but whilst some of the dark sky moments were indicative of a change of theme and therefore a change to the pacing of the fireworks but some were a little too lengthy and a bit of a worry. The quiet part of the display, for the enjoyment of the little ones in attendance was quite enchanting to ‘Olaf’s Song’ from Frozen. The finale was beautiful but the over-run was really obvious and took the sparkle away a little. I sincerely hope that any tech issues are addressed this time around and lets see what they can bring to the table this year.

Once all three teams have shown their talents, it is down to the voting. Whilst they are cast and counted, organisers MLE will be putting on a finale display show to complete the evening’s entertainment.

This is a beautiful family event which is a brilliant opportunity to see some of the UK’s finest battle it out in this friendly ‘fire off’ for a year’s worth of bragging rights. There are lots to do and entertainment for all the family from gates open to the close at around 11.00pm. Once again, there are of course concessions available but this needn’t be an expensive event. Pack your picnic, throw the blankets and chairs into the boot and get over there.

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