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RESULTS FROM NEWBY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

Saturday 23rd July saw the skies over Ripon in North Yorkshire light up as three of the best professional firing companies in the UK go head to head to compete for the Firework Champions trophy.

First up – Impact Pyrotechnics Ltd from Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Impact Pyrotechnics – Newby Hall Firework Champions 2016 team 1 from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

Their tracks were:
Salute – Little Mix
Bond theme
Austin Powers theme
Hey Jude – The Beatles
We are the Champions = Queen

I simply loved all the sections as they were all very different. The team showed some clever timing and top class pyrotechnics. Very symmetrical, a greater variety of effects and beautiful choreography and the finale was just AWESOME.

Next to fire – Magic & Miracle Fireworks from Stapleford, Nottingham.

Newby Hall 2016 Firework Champions – Magic and Miracle Fireworks (Team 2) from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

Their tracks were:
Boom Clap – Charli XCX
Easy Love – Sigala
Mr Blue Sky – ELO
Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean

The colour combo’s in the Mr Blue Sky section were particularly bright and clean but during the transitions from track to track, there were a couple of lengthy dark sky moments.

The oranges and gold’s in the Pirate’s of the Caribbean segment were exquisite and the finale got a WOW. Awesome job peeps.

Final competitors were local display team Optimum Fireworks from Riddlesden, West Yorkshire.

Optimum Fireworks – Newby Hall Firework Champions 2016 team 3 from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

Their tracks were:
Running – Naughty Boy
No Place I’d rather be – Clean Bandit
Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
Express yourself – Labrinth
At least we stole the show – Kygo
Runaway (you & I) – Galantis

Loved the fast firing fanned pieces which looked like a revolving wheel on the floor and the colours were particularly bright. There was a really nice new effect but the video failed to pick it up – inverted crossover in the sky.

The winners were third to fire OPTIMUM FIREWORKS – well done to all the competitors.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend for the whole family, and live in the Leicestershire area, get along and show your support for the next Firework Champions events taking part at Stanford Hall on Saturday 30th July.

And below, the closing fireworks at Newby Hall 2016 by MLE Pyrotechnics.

Newby Hall 2016 – MLE Pyrotechnics – Closing display from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

Firework Champions 2016 - Newby Hall by Dave Carter

STANFORD HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – STANFORD HALL
WHEN: SATURDAY 30TH JULY 2016
WHERE: STANFORD HALL, NEAR LUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE LE17 6DH. CONTACT. TEL: 01788 860250. EMAIL: [email protected]
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Saturday 30th July 2016 sees the second in the series of competitions held at some of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes. This week, the competition will be held in the grounds of the stunning Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.

Stanford Manor was originally built in 1430 but Sir Roger Cave, ancestor of the current owners, commissioned master builder and Architect Francis Smith of Warwick to replace it with Stanford Hall in 1690. The Hall is considered to be one of the finest examples of William & Mary houses in the country.

The Hall today is open to the public and can be used for conferences, corporate events, weddings and luxury weekend breaks.

The grounds are spectacular with the River Avon gently ambling its way through the ancient park and woodlands. The perfect place to take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the place 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 Stanford Hall this year are as follows:

9.50 GALA FIREWORKS – NORTHAMPTON

Northampton based professional team of technicians who have competed in Firework Champions events at other venues but this will be their first time at Stanford.

Show designed by Danny Edwards – using FireByWire.

10.00 COTSWOLD FIREWORKS

Cirencester based Cotswold Fireworks was established in 1997 and the team competed at Stanford hall way back in the early days in 2004. They openly admit that whilst they came last, they and the crowds had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So much so, that they were invited to take part in another Firework Champions event at Eastnor Castle in 2009 and 2010 where they achieved a second place on both occasions.

The team have worked with clients including Pink Floyd, Chrissie Hynde and Fine Young Cannibals.

The show has been designed by Nick Woodruff using firing system FireTEK.

10.20 SHOCKWAVE PYROTECHNICS

Based in Redditch, this incredibly busy team of specialists was established in 2007 but their competition prowess continues to grow.

This will be the 6th time that Shockwave Pyrotechnics have competed in the competition and to day they have two wins and three runner up places to their names so this year they say that they are going for the win.

Shockwave Pyrotechnics also has a huge client list and has built up an exceptional reputation which has earned them a book full of orders from satisfied clients.

They will be using Firestorm.

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.

Fireworks @ Stanford Hall 2011 #3

BELVOIR CASTLE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

WHAT: BELVOIR CASTLE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS
WHEN: SATURDAY 6TH AUGUST 2016
WHERE: GRANTHAM, LEICESTERSHIRE, NG32 1PE
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Saturday 6th August 2016 sees the third in the series of competitions held at some of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes. This week, the competition will be held in the grounds of the stunning Belvoir Castle in Grantham, Leicestershire.

Belvoir remains the family home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their children and the Belvoir Estate has been owned by the family for over a thousand years. The current Castle has managed to dodge the bullet in regards to major repairs since the last fire in 1816 and is open to the public for numerous corporate events, shooting and weddings.

The perfect place to take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the place 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 Belvoir Castle this year are as follows:

9.50 SKYDAZZLE PYROTECHNICS

Based in Newport, Skydazzle is run by the whole family who share a passion for pyrotechnics. Today, fireworks and music are found with a number of events including shows, concerts and privately commissioned corporate events and the company have used all of their 30 year passion to great effect. The company have built up a great reputation and include clients like the Royal Marines, Barrett Homes and Great Western Hotels.

This will only be the second time competing at Firework Champions but Belvoir is one of the biggest in the series and they are going all out for the win.

Firing system: FireByWire.

10.00 KIMBOLTON FIREWORKS

Cambridgeshire based Kimbolton Fireworks is another long established family run affair which was established in 1964 by Reverend Ron Lancaster.

The company has an international client list which reads like a book of who’s who and they were heavily involved in the firework displays for the 2012 Olympic Games, London’s New Year Fireworks and Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Kimbolton are the only UK company still manufacturing fireworks but they are EXCLUSIVELY for display company use as they have to be created under special licence and the handlers have to be qualified technicians. They make Gerbs (display fountains), Mines and Roman Candles.

Importers of a wide range of goods from across Europe and the Far East, they use these in conjunction with their own products during competitions etc.

The show has been designed by all the display staff who have each created different sequences and they will be firing with the FireOne firing system.

10.20 FIREWORK CRAZY

Based in Chelmsford in Essex, this incredibly busy team of specialists has been operating for a number of years now and their competition prowess continues to grow.

Firework Crazy has a vast retail/wholesale business alongside the professional display team who continue to delight everyone at events all over the country.

The display will be fired by Mark Priest using firing system PyroSure.

Belvoir Fireworks, 19th July 2008

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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