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Stephen Hawking 75th Birthday Fireworks

On Saturday 7th January 2017 we were kindly invited by Professor Stephen Hawking to celebrate his 75th Birthday.

Professor Stephen Hawking 75th Birthday Display by Epic Fireworks

We have done many firework displays before for the Professor – but this time we had more space to play with. All we used was CAT3 Epic Fireworks – Check out the video below and see how many of the fireworks you can recognize.

We finished with 3 x Angels Vs Demons to guarantee the finale ended with a Big Bang. A few days later we received a wonderful thank you letter from the man himself.

Thank You Letter From Professor Stephen Hawking


As Summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to fall, it is one of the best indicators that Bonfire Night is just around the corner. But, for some, firework season cannot come soon enough. So, for those of you desperate for a firework fix before BFN, here is a list of some of the events happening both here in the UK featuring fireworks and some overseas.

First up, is the penultimate competition in the Firework Champions events run by MLE Pyrotechnics for this season against the backdrop of the stunning Eastnor Castle with a deer park, arboretum and lake nestled in the Malvern Hills, it is a lovely place to spend an evening with the family. Competing are F1 Pyro who won the British Musical Firework Championships in 2015, Two Tigers Fireworks who have not competed for 10 years and finally, Flashpoint Fireworks who won previously at Eastnor Castle in 2009. Once the three teams have completed their display, the organisers, MLE, will take to the skies whilst the votes are cast and counted and finally, the winner will be announced.

Next up is one of the biggest individual competitions in the UK, taking part at Catton Hall is the Festival of Fireworks event; hosted by Jubilee Fireworks. Competing will be Slovenia based company Hamex Pyrotehnika, Alchemy Fireworks from Bedfordshire and Chichester based Selstar Fireworks. This event has been taking place since 2002. Once the three teams have completed their display, the organisers Jubilee Fireworks will show their expertise. Jubilee were recipients of the Gold Jupiter award in 2015 for their magnificent display at the Montreal Firework Festival which is one of the highest accolades in the industry.

Then we travel a little further North for the End of Summer BBQ and Firework event at The Priest House, Kings Mill, Donnington. There will be live music, delicious local food and of course fireworks. The event is on from 3pm – 8pm and the fee is payable on the gate.

The fireworks will be the finale for the event and they will be fired over the River Trent.

Finally, up in North Ayrshire, the Largs Viking Festival is taking place. The area is known for a battle which took place in the mid 13th century when King Alexander III beat off the Norse King Haakon who later died on the Orkney Isles. The event celebrates the Viking heritage, how they lived, the food they ate, the weapons and the clothing and jewellery of the time. The event is free and will be supported by local radio, street performers, aerobatic displays (including the Lancaster Bomber) and of course fireworks.

Internationally, there are a couple of events taking place. The first is over in Macao, a dependent territory of China. This International Firework event kicks off on 3rd September 2016 and will run until their National Day on 1st October 2016. First to compete on Saturday are teams from Thailand (Thailand Fireworks) and Portugal (Macedos Pirotecnia).

Finally, over in Hannover, Germany, the penultimate event takes place with the team representing Belgium, HC Pyrotechnics. This is held in the stunning Royal Gardens at Herrenhausen before a capacity crowd. HC Pyrotechnics had wins in competitions at Pyromagic in 2014 and Monaco in 2015 so they are indeed a force to be reckoned with.

Good luck to all the pro teams this weekend whether in competition or doing your ‘day job’. If you do get along to any functions with fireworks, let us have your pics and we’ll feature them on our website.


It’s a well acknowledged fact that the Spanish simply LURVE their pyrotechnics, and never more so than when celebrating one of more of their religious festivals.

The setting for the most recent event sending ripples all the way through the fireworks industry was held on Saturday evening (13th August). Crowds numbering upwards of 50,000 were gathered on the Passeo at Altea, ready to be thoroughly entertained by the fabulous professional team from Valencia; Ricardo Caballer Ricassa Pirotecnia.

The Summer Nights of Light event this year was a 30th anniversary of the running of the event and as such, was bigger than ever. They are thought to have spent in the region of €70,000.00 on the fireworks. The 23 minutes of fireworks were under the tutelage of the unstoppable Ricardo Caballer Ricasa Pirotecnia, local experts who have been providing excellent displays across the globe since 1881.

Held annually for the last 30 years, the display takes place on the beach in the beautiful picturesque town of Altea on the Costa Blanca. From perfect flower lined cobbled streets and quaint white-washed buildings, to superb eateries, it is a beautiful and peaceful place to sit and watch the world go by nestled in a little bay in Altea which has been named as the Cultural Capital of the Valencian region. Shops, craft galleries and bars on the seafront offering very inexpensive Tapas, this is the place to be.

The pounding cadence of the fireworks must have been absolutely astonishing. Check it out:

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