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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



The first of this year’s magical Firework Champions events, takes place on Saturday 23rd July in the grounds of the spectacular Newby Hall just outside of Ripon. The magnificent Georgian Hall was designed under the influence of Sir Christopher Wren and the architecture of this majestic building embodies everything of beauty from the era.

Newby Hall is currently the home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton who’s family have owned the property for the last century when it was inherited by Lady Mary Vyner who married Lord Alwyne Compton.

Lady Mary’s son, Frederick Grantham Vyner was overseas visiting places of interest in Greece, when he and his travelling companions were taken hostage for a ransom of what would be over £1 million sterling. Sadly, despite Lady Mary making an interim payment, he was killed by his captors.

As a memorial to her beloved son, a church was erected in the grounds in a gothic revival style named Christ the Consoler.

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 Newby Hall this year are as follows:


Washington based (Tyne and Wear) Impact Pyrotechnics Est 2006. This professional team of technicians competed in Firework Champions events in 2013/14 but last year, they took a well-earned break. Show designed by Wayne Wilson – using FireByWire.


Stapleford (Nottinghamshire) based Magic and Miracle Fireworks was established in 1994 and continues to grow both in the wholesale/retail market and the professional pyro musicals and corporate/tv events. The show has been designed by Phil Dixon and Ashley Woodward and they will be using a FireOne electronic firing system.


Based in Riddlesden (Bradford), the company was established in 2009 but have been in the firework business for almost 20 years. The company are really going from strength to strength and they were worthy winners of last year’s event at Capesthorne Hall. The display will be designed by Phill and Rebecca Cooper using an in house modified FireByWire system. Having such a rewarding experiences at previous year’s Firework Champions events, we are sure they are going to do their best to make it three on the trot.

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.

What better way to spend a warm summers’ evening, than in the company of your nearest and dearest, tucking into sandwiches and a glass of something sparkling watching the finest exponents of pyrotechnics in the UK battle it out in the balmy night sky over a stunning setting.

We will of course bring you results details after the event.

Firework Champions 2015

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