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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 STANFORD HALL

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 STANFORD HALL
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: STANFORD HALL, LEICESTERSHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST 2019
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

The second in the Firework Champion Event calendar will take place on Saturday 3rd August in the grounds of the stunning Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.

The beautiful Grade I listed William and Mary House has been in the same family since 1430 and the current hall was built on the same site in the latter part of the 17th century. The grounds are huge with the River Avon running through it.  The Cave family have taken care to restore the grand hall to its full former glory ensuring its success, they also hold classic car rallies, outdoor music events as well as weddings and corporate events.

Firework Champions 09 Stanford Hall

Stanford Hall was one of the first venues used for Firework Champions and remains one of the favorites of the series.

Taking part in the competition are as follows:

A J PYROTECHNICS LTD – KENT

Both a firework retailer and a specialist display team they are generally too busy to take part in the competition but following on from their efforts at Plymouth’s British Firework Championships in 2017, they have been invited along to take part.

Their work is symmetrical and calls on a lot of colour and sound effects so it will be interesting to see what music selection they will fire to.  I am looking forward to seeing this one immensely.

OPTIMUM FIREWORKS – WEST YORKSHIRE

Established in 2009, this team has been involved in the firework industry for over 20 years bringing beautiful fireworks to the masses.

No strangers to the Firework Champions set up, Phil and the team have picked up four wins including Newby Hall, Broughton Hall, Capesthorne Hall, and Belvoir Castle so this would just be the cherry on the cake for them.

They are known for their meticulous choreography and timing, so the competition had better bring their A-Game!

BLITZ FIREWORKS – CHESHIRE

With over 20 years experience under their belt, it can come as no surprise that this team has a trophy cabinet simply groaning with the weight of the silverware. Over the last few years, they have won several of the Firework Champions events including Belvoir Castle in 2014, Arley Hall in 2017 and last year at Newby Hall.

2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 and the team put together a display honoring the brave men and women who fought for our freedom with a heartrending display which included a very emotive playlist of music and they blew a whistle to start it.  Very touching and they certainly deserved the win.

Finally, after all the teams have completed their set, the general public will cast their votes and whilst these are counted the organisers, MLE Pyrotechnics will take centre stage with a finale display.

So, if you are looking for a mid-summer event which will not cost the earth and your children can play in safety whilst you enjoy a picnic tea, get along there and show your support.

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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS RESULT STANFORD HALL

Here in the firework industry, there can be issues which impact on the abilities of professional firers to do their jobs both effectively and safely and this weekend took some completely by surprise.

Sadly, the second of the series of the Firework Champions events suffered a setback when after the first team had completed their display, the PA system failed when the fibreoptic data link was lost leaving Phenomenal Fireworks firing without the music to which the display was choreographed.

Time constraints meant that organisers MLE Pyrotechnics did not have sufficient time to resolve the system malfunction before the 11pm cut off time would have been upon them.

Under the circumstances I think MLE did the right thing to pull the vote.

This is of course a one off issue and steps have been taken to have a multi-faceted back up in the future and will be up and running in plenty of time for the next event at Belvoir Castle on 11th August 2018.

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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – EVENT 2 – STANFORD HALL, RUGBY

WHAT: STANFORD HALL – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – THE COMPETITORS
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: STANFORD HALL, LUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE, UK
WHEN: SATURDAY 28th JULY 2018
TIME: 6:00PM TO 10:30PM

This weekend sees the second of the series of the highly popular Firework Champions events taking place in another of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes; Stanford Hall, Warwickshire.

Each of the competitions in this series of events pits the abilities of 3 professional teams from across the UK against one another in this winner takes all event. Each team creates a 10-minute display choregraphed to music using professional firework CAT4 products which are exclusively for pro use only.

Competing this week are the professional firing teams from:

ILLUSION FIREWORKS

FIREMONKEY

PHENOMENAL FIREWORKS

The only first-timers in the group this time are Firemonkey as Illusion and Phenomenal Fireworks have both attended and in the case of Illusion, won twice before.

The celebration display after the competition will be brought to you by MLE Pyrotechnics who are a leading light in the fireworks industry and have remained at the top of their game for approaching 20 years. They have a reputation for use of pyrotechnics from across Europe in their shows bringing that something special to the table.

For a more in-depth review of the teams and the venue, check out our earlier blog post.

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