There are not many of us that wouldn’t welcome some warm weather at the moment, and I am no exception to that rule. How about a trip to Thailand to see the final rounds of the International Fireworks competition, being held in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand?
Nine nations are competing for this coveted title and they all want to be at the top of the pyro royalty listings. The teams taking part are representing Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and the United States who will put it down against Thailand to see which country can put on the most dynamic and colourful exhibition.
Once again this year, the fireworks will be launched from the floating platforms in the Pattaya Bay instead of the Bali Hai Pier which was always used in the past.
Tonight and tomorrow will be the fifth and final round of the contest which has been closely fought for the last 2 years.
The organisers would like to state that this fabulous musical show will feature over a hundred thousand fireworks and is likely to be visible for up to three kilometres.
The display below is from last New Year which is the end of the first year of celebrations and heralded the arrival of 2011
Last nights Manchester Evening News ran a front page piece highlighting that time is running out to save the New Years Eve firework celebrations for the City of Manchester. The display, which has been hosted by the City of Manchester for the last 3 years is under threat of cancellation due to lack of sponsorship and government funding.
The free event, which started following pressure to hold its own display like other major cities in the rest of the world in 2008, is largely funded via cash support from local retailers and businesses. However, due the impact of the last recession and the highly volatile state of affairs with government/banks and the loss of trade in the High Street, local businesses have not been forthcoming with the required support.
If the monies are not secured within the next 7-days, the display will be cancelled.
The display to the same standard as in previous years, including fireworks and music will cost around £40,000 which is simply not available.
This problem may not be solved in time but lets keep our fingers crossed for the people of Manchester that they get a well deserved display.