Category Archives: Uk Fireworks

Back To School With Rev Ron Lancaster

Here are some very interesting videos by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) hosted by Reverend Ron Lancaster from Kimbolton fireworks – who was recently presented with a plaque in honour of his “services to pyrotechnics” for over 50 years.

The video below is the full 90-minute lecture of Reverend Ron Lancaster’s amazing “Chemistry of Fireworks”.

For those of you that don’t have the time to watch the full 90-minute video, here are some of the best bits we thought you might like:

The different types of Catherine wheels.

The different types of rockets.

The different types of Roman candles.

The different types of lancers and cakes.

The different types of firework shells.

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Ron’s ‘love affair’ with fireworks began at a very early age. He was raised as a child in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and coincidently, his house was located between two of the leading fireworks companies at that point in time, Lion Fireworks and Standard Fireworks. During the second world war, Ron would wander into the firework factories after school and be intrigued by watching the firework technicians working on military pyrotechnics. At weekends, when the firework factory was closed, Ron would collect up the used parachutes from the military flares and the empty cases – like most young children back then, they were fascinated with pyrotechnics as there wasn’t much else to do.

Something I can completely relate to 🙂

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FIRE Fascination, Firework and Festival

Do you remember your first time?

Check this out 🙂

I have just spent the last few hours going through the amazing pictures and the fantastic old-school artwork of a fascinating new book called FIRE Fascination, Firework and Festival by Mark Fleming.

FIRE explores how ancient Pagan festivals have given rise to Halloween and Bonfire Night, two of our most evocative and lasting celebrations. The book looks at gunpowder, and how it helped shape the surface of our planet as well as give us the mesmerizing world of pyrotechnics. It looks too at how history has taken Guy Fawkes from being a hated villain to being the icon of the digital age and the grinning face of firework night. Remembered too are the companies of a lost industry that once made November their own.

FIRE is released first in a  FREE  (YES, we said free) PDF e-book version and a physical edition is planned for later in the year but will be subject to enough interest being shown to cover the printing costs.

Please share this fantastic piece of work with family and friends and let’s hope we generate enough interest so the book can go to print.

The epic fireworks team would like to congratulate Mark on his wonderful achievement and wish him the very best for the future.

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Commemorative Fireworks Display for the Dambusters 70th Anniversary

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The 16/17th May 2013 was the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise.

Operation Chastise was a World War II top secret mission carried out on the night of 16/17th May 1943 by the 617 Squadron who were also known as ‘The Dambusters’.

They were known as the Dambusters as their mission during World War II was to use specially-developed ‘bouncing-bombs’ to attack the dams which provided power and water to the Ruhr valley in Germany, which was the main industrial area of Germany.

On Saturday 18th May 2013 Knights of Fire Fireworks put on a fireworks display at the 617 Squadrons Association’s dinner to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise. Included in the audience were two veterans who took part in the Dambusters mission in 1943. The display was an overwhelming success and was described as a ‘fantastic and fitting tribute to the Dambusters’.

The fireworks display was held at Petwood Hotel in Lincolnshire which was used as the 617 Squadron’s Officers’ mess from 1943 to 1945.

Please see below for a video of the fireworks display.

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dambusters memorial

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