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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – NEWBY HALL – THE COMPETITORS

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – NEWBY HALL – THE COMPETITORS
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: NEWBY HALL, RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK
WHEN: SATURDAY 21st JULY 2018
TIME: 6:00PM TO 10:30PM

Firework Champions started in 2002 and has continued to go from strength to strength, bringing together the best in the fireworks industry to share best practice and of course, spy on one another and chat about new products brought in over the winter months. It really does give them all the chance to shake it up and battle for bragging rights.

The setting for the first of the amazing Firework Champions events is the beautiful Newby Hall, just outside Ripon in North Yorkshire.

This beautiful house was built in the late 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren and was further extended and adapted by Robert Adam in the later 18th century who added the now world-renowned
neoclassical features. Today, the house is home to Richard and Linda Compton who moved into the house in 1999 with their children and continue to oversee all the running and maintenance of the
house and gardens.

The house has a rich past and was notably a recommended place of safety for the Royal Family during the war. More recently, Newby Hall was amongst the filming locations for two of THE best dramas on TV in the last couple of years (IMHO); Peaky Blinders (give me an oooosh ladies!) which is early 20th-century gangland life and Victoria, about the reign and life of Queen Victoria.

The competitors for this heat of the Firework Champions calendar are as follows:

BLAZE FIREWORKS – WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE

A small firm from Wakefield in West Yorkshire which was established in 2014 and their mission is to offer exceptional quality pyrotechnics at a price you can afford. They competed at a Firework Champions Event at Newby Hall in 2016 and were narrowly beaten. However, as a relative newcomer to the professional firework world, they will I’m sure to have more than a couple of surprises up their sleeve – one to watch.

BLITZ FIREWORKS – CREWE, CHESHIRE

Fifteen years of experience and they are a retailer as well as display specialists. This company recently opened a new retail outlet and now supply fireworks, fancy dress and specialist balloons. In 2014 they picked up back to back wins at the Firework Champions events at Belvoir Castle and then the British Firework Championships in Plymouth. Last year, they collected another win at the Arley Hall Firework Champions event. Their displays are known for being clean and crisp pyro with exceptional choreography and timings which are on another level altogether. Let’s see what they can bring to the table as the most experienced competing team but rest assured, they know it is anyone’s game.

SPECTRUM FIREWORKS & SPECIAL EFFECTS – JARROW, TYNE AND WEAR

Clients include Sunderland FC, local councils and of course more than a smattering of festivals around the country. The team have not competed at Firework Champions before so it will be refreshing to see what they have on offer for the crowds at Newby Hall.

The closing display is provided by event organisers, MLE Pyrotechnics from Daventry who has a fantastic international pedigree competing last year at St Brevin in France after a win there in 2014 thoroughly enjoyed the experience once again when they picked up 2nd place for their efforts but there was some controversy as the crowd clearly thought that MLE should have had first. Here in the UK this incredibly busy team have been running the Firework Champions events for years having competed and won in 2006 and 2007 and then going on to win the British Firework Championships in Plymouth in 2005 and again in 2011.

Get along to Newby, especially if you live in the North and show your support to some of the best pyrotechnic display teams in the country showing their wares.

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NEWBY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2017

WHAT: NEWBY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2017
WHEN: SATURDAY 22ND JULY 2017
WHERE: NEWBY HALL, RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE, HG4 5AE
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
TIME: – 5:00 PM – 10:00PM
COST: £20.00 PER ADULT – PRE-BOOKING DISCOUNTS AND CHILD PRICES AVAILABLE!

Want to make a weekend of it ?

Bring your tent or caravan and stay on site – Camping / Gazebo £10.00 to £25.00

This year Newby hall is the first of 6 events and presents to you 4 fantastic displays in the evening from 3 of the best UK firework companies.

Newby Hall is an elegant country house that was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and has been beautifully restored by Robert Adam.

The gardens are award winning, there is a stylish shop, restaurant, and even a plant stall to complete the family attraction feel to the property.

Parking is available along with disabled parking and will be monitored by staff that will direct you to the appropriate places.

Just a note the event caters for all needs but there can be rough and dark sections in some places it may not be suitable for everyone so it is best to check at the booking stage.

There is a pre-show entertainment available to give you an insight to the teams along with interviews and other interesting facts. But if you want to get in position to sit and relax with family and friends you can also do this as well you make this event yours.

Fancy dining out under the star-lit sky?

As the grounds are within a stately home you can take along picnics and furniture, blankets etc. to sit on but under NO circumstances are BBQ’s or open flame appliances on site anywhere.

If you do forget your food there is always vendors that will be offering food and drink throughout the evening.

Families have been covered children’s entertainment available to keep the little ones quiet and entertained before the show.

The Main Event – The competitors produce the best firework displays along to music making the perfect dance partners. After the main event, the reigns are the handed over to MLE Pyrotechnics for the perfect finale.

Then it’s down to the voting to crown the champions. This couldn’t be easier, you decide the winners by voting for the favorite by text message from your mobile.

The Running order and times are as follows:

5.00PM – Gates open for entry – Music and interviews broadcasted throughout the evening.

9:00pm – Gates close for entry – Information and interviews with the teams

Computer fired demo: 9:15pm
Team 1: 9:30pm
Team 2: 9:45pm
Team 3: 10:00pm

Competing teams – Atom Fireworks / Cambridge Fireworks / Magical fireworks

SMS Voting opens: 10:15pm
SMS Voting closes: 10:30pm

10:30pm – MLE Pyrotechnics display

10:40pm – Results and Winning team announced

An explosive night of fun for all the family. Don’t worry if you can’t make this date, they have another 5 events available throughout the UK.

Firework Champions - Newby Hall 2016

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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

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