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RAGLEY HALL 2018 – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS EVENT

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2018 – RAGLEY HALL
WHEN: SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018
WHERE: RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER, WARWICKSHIRE, B49 5NJ
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION

One of the newcomers to the Firework Champions venue list, Ragley Hall is a beautiful stately home which epitomizes the sheer beauty and elegance of our fantastic heritage.

The lands on which the Hall stands were given to Evesham Abbey in 711 AD and is currently home to the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford.

Ragley was built by Robert Hooke who was intrinsic in the recovery of London after the Great Fire as he surveyed over half of the bigger buildings affected and with his friend Sir Christopher Wren. The building of the house took an incredible 70 years 1680 – 1750, but in the meantime, the family were housed in the Old Hall which served them well and stood where the now rose garden is established.

The house was used as a hospital during both the World Wars and since 1958 has been to the public to help to maintain this gorgeous house for the future. Today, the house and gardens are hired out for corporate events, weddings and of course, the annual Firework Champions Event.
Competing this year at the Ragley Hall Firework Champions Event are:

CAMBRIDGE FIREWORKS – ST IVES, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Established 10 years ago, this team is run and managed by two pro firers who also hold down full- time careers. Martin is a farmer and Mark works in the construction industry. The pair have little competitive display experience but as such are a bit of an unknown quantity only adding to the mystery, but we are certain to get a beautiful show.

This little team has a full order book all year around for weddings, private and corporate events along with some product launches. I for one am really looking forward to seeing the new an innovative display. One to watch.

SKYDAZZLE PYROTECHNICS – NEWPORT, SOUTH WALES
The team have been in the firework display business for 20 years and public-address systems for more than 30 so they know and a thing or two about crowds and widespread entertainment. With displays for everything from the local village fete to a huge military show over in Germany, they have done it all at one point or another.

Very much a family affair the business is run by Mike, his wife Karen and their family as well as a sizeable team of other technicians. The team fired in 2016 at the Belvoir Castle Firework Champions event and then won in 2017 with their display at Stanford Hall, battling with what can only be described as ‘adverse’ weather conditions. Known for their use of a wide range of effects and colour as well as brilliant choreography. Best of luck to the team.

G-FORCE FIREWORKS LTD – EVESHAM, WORCESTERSHIRE
Rob and his team of professional pyrotechnicians are a busy bunch and have a bulging orders book, thanks to their ethos of only using the highest quality products which are sourced from across Europe and China. The team have lifted the awards for the British Firework Championships in Plymouth in both 2009 and 2011 and have competed at the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport too. Over the last couple of year’s they have also shown their exceptional talents at several other Firework Champions events including competition in 2014 and 2017 at Stanford Hall and in two years ago, they competed here at Ragley Hall, narrowly missing out on the win. Come on G-force, let’s see you beating off the competition this time around.

If you do require more information about the event, venues or ticketing, please contact MLE Pyrotechnics via the Firework Champions page and one of their team will get back to you.

Once all the competitors have fired, it is time for them to sit back and take stock whilst watching the prowess of organisers MLE as they fill the night skies with stunning pyrotechnics whilst the votes are cast and counted.

A lovely evening event which can be enjoyed by all the family and there will, of course, be places to picnic and spend time chatting and catching up with family and friends before the start. There are camping facilities on site at all the Firework Champions events so again, please contact organisers MLE for more details.

Good luck to all the competitors.

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ARLEY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2018

WHAT: ARLEY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2018
WHY: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS EVENT 2018
WHERE: ARLEY HALL, NORTHWICH, CHESHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018

The venue for the final event in the Firework Champions calendar takes place in the gorgeous Cheshire Countryside at Arley Hall.

Arley Hll is a ‘Jacobethan’ style mansion which was built by the Warburton family on lands owned by them since the early part of the 12th century and the building was erected between 1832 – 1845. Set in around 12 acres of grounds including formal gardens, woodland etc, the house overlooks it all. The gardens are considered to be some of the finest in the country having been carefully planted and developed over the past 250 years.

The Hall today is used widely for weddings and corporate events alongside film and TV production for the likes of the fabulous Peaky Blinders and Harley was the sad setting for the funeral of Deirdre Barlow of Coronation Street in 2015.

The Hall and gardens are open to the public on Tuesdays and Sundays between March and October as well as the Bank Holidays. There are special events on periodically too including the Spirit of the Horse event in early June which features horses dancing, choreographed to music.

MAGIC AND MIRACLES – STAPLEFORD, NOTTINGHAM
This team competed at Newby Hall in 2016 and their display was bursting with bright colour but there were a few rogue items which did impact on the cleanliness of the show (in the opening sequence in particular) but when their second track started, there were a couple of tailed spinning comets which screeched in perfect timing to the music.

This venue is a little bigger and perhaps having got the first competition nerves out of the way, they will relax, sit back and bring home the silverware this time around. Using the Fire One firing system this is set to be an exciting and memorable display. Best of luck Magic and Miracles.

HUNAN DREAM FIREWORKS LTD – LUIYANG, CHINA
Well then … this is a first to my knowledge … this team hail from the firework capital of the world; Liuyang in the Hunan province of China.

The company sell within Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA and have been fortunate enough to put on displays for heads of state, leading international companies alongside competing at the huge Changsha Orange Show in which 50 teams compete so this should be a walk in the park.

As an unknown quantity, this team will be the one to watch and we are certain to see beautiful new firework designs and effects on show as this might be the best place to market their goods and the Chinese never knowingly miss an opportunity to network!

Good luck to the team from China and I for one cannot wait to see what they bring to the display.

STAR FIREWORKS – BRACKNELL, BERKSHIRE
The company was established in 1971 and have never looked back. A professional display team who are at the very top of their game with a heaving orders book.

Clients include top UK companies like M & S, Waitrose, BMW and concert fireworks for The Rolling Stones, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the beautiful and talented Christina Aguilera.

Using the Fire One system, the team won at the British Firework Championships in Plymouth in 2010 which gave them the opportunity to fire at the Champion of Champs event in 2012 but due to appalling weather conditions, this had to be postponed until 2013. Fortunately, they were able to beat the others to the silverware on their return.

Once all the display teams have finished their run, it will be the time to sit back and enjoy the host team from MLE Pyrotechnics showing off their considerable skills whilst the votes are cast and counted. Matt and the team from MLE spend the afternoon chatting to the crowds and there is the chance to ask the burning questions before the displays begin.

There is onsite camping once again for those of you with tents, caravans etc close to the venue by the lake.

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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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