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HONG KONG IN THE NEWS – NO FIREWORKS THIS YEAR

Annually, a huge fireworks display usually takes placed for National Day on 1st October in Hong Kong but this year, it has been cancelled due to the throngs of protesters who have set up camp in the City.

The Peoples Republic of China was founded in 1949 and has celebrated annually with a number of parades, festivals and of course fireworks so it is a shame that this year, the skies will remain dark.

The protesters who are fighting for a full democracy have been blocking roads in and out of the City, thus affecting the transport services and the government has asked the crowds to leave and allow the way for emergency vehicles and transport services to resume.

The government, in an attempt to pacify the protesters, has told riot police to leave them alone but they are also preventing images being shared about their grievances as they completely blocked access to Instagram in mainland China adding further indignation to the already tense situation.

The situation in Hong Kong came to a head on the back of Beijing’s decision to reject open nominations for candidates to become Hong Kong’s leader in favour of their using a committee of ‘like minded individuals’ who will hand-pick the candidates on the ‘patriotism they show to China’ which basically is short for ‘someone who will do as they are told!’ This added to the antagonism in the area where the people remain fearful that they will ever have a democracy.

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Broughton Hall Firework Champions 2014

WHAT: Broughton Hall Fireworks Champions Event 2014
WHEN: Saturday 20th September 2014
WHERE: Broughton Hall Estate, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 3AE
COST: £18.00 for ADULTS £8.00 CHILDREN

Broughton Hall is a beautiful Georgian Country House which has been home to the Tempest-Baronets for over 900 years. The current residents are the 31st generation of the Tempest Baronets to make Broughton their home.

The hall is set in 3000 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and is positioned just 3-miles outside of the town of Skipton, North Yorkshire. The hall recently underwent a massive refurbishment, whilst still carefully retaining the character and age of the property.

Last year Broughton Hall attracted crowds of more than 2000 spectators and the staff working for the Hall said that the fireworks event was superb and was complete with ‘brilliant entertainment and the best of Yorkshire’s food and drink and of course, camping’.

There are 3 teams competing who will each produce a magnificent firework display choreographed to music. The teams only use CAT 4 fireworks which are NOT available to the general public and are the loudest, biggest and brightest that the UK has to offer. The pyro comes from all around the World from China, Spain, Germany and Italy and will include all manner of different effects.

The firing order is as follows:

9:30pm – Phenomenal Fireworks, Standish. The team fired last year at Capesthorne Hall where I thought that the section fired to ‘Diamonds’ by Rhianna was stunning. The team provided displays all over the UK with a team of firers. Good luck. The display was designed by Andy Slinn and the firing system in use is FireByWire.

9:45pm – Skyburst the Firework Company, Bristol. This company has been in the fireworks business for over 30 years and it remains a family business and this is the third time they have fired at this event. With a team of 250 firers working all over the UK they are kept busy all year round firing displays of all kinds from small personal parties to huge corporate or national celebration events. The firing system being used is Fireone.

10:00pm – Optimum Fireworks, Yorkshire. Established in 2010 but the staff have fired for other companies for over 13 years before setting up their own display business. In their words ‘we’re not just passionate about pyrotechnics its much more than simply a job to us, we love them!’ The firing system in use is FireByWire.

Voting for the winner is carried out by text message and the audience choose their favourites and whilst the calculating takes place, the organisers and professional display team from the fantastic MLE Pyrotechnics will keep the visitors entertained with a finale show which is sure to take everyone’s breath away.

The fireworks event of the year has to be the Firework Champions. As with the other stately homes holding this prestigious event, you are able to just go along to enjoy the fireworks or indeed spend the day there with family and friends and perhaps camp overnight.

If you need any more information, please contact the organisers MLE via the site set up for the event:

www.broughtonfireworks.co.uk

We would absolutely love to see any video or stills you take on the night so if you could send them over to us at [email protected] we would appreciate it.

Good luck to all the competitors.

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Blackpool Fireworks Championships 2014

WHEN: 5TH, 12TH, 19TH AND 26TH SEPTEMBER 2014
WHERE: BLACKPOOL PROMENADE
COST: FREE (the epic fireworks team LOVE this word 🙂

This event has been running for many years and continues to bring together some of the very best teams from around the world together to battle it out for supremacy in the skies over the West Coast of the UK.

Teams from Sweden, Austria and Canada take it to the next level as they put together a display showing their wares alongside the internationally famous Blackpool Illuminations.

All the displays must be set to music and will all be fired from the North Pier.

The firing order is as follows:

5/9/2014 – Team Sweden
12/9/2014 – Team Austria
19/9/2014 – Team Canada
26/9/2014 – Closing Display

The finale display will be brought to you from the very special non competing guests, Titanium Fireworks who are putting on a show to close this marvellous event. Their display is sure to be something special so make sure that your camera’s are at the ready. The winners will be announced after the finale display from Titanium.

The first display was Sweden, up on Friday on what was essentially a very nice evening. There was a great deal of smoke but there were some lovely pieces. My personal ‘thing’ is symmetry and these most certainly wont but given the restrictive ‘firing space’ on the Pier, we shall have to see what the remaining teams can pull out of the bag.

Last year, whilst the weather wasn’t quite as terrible as it was in 2012, there were still very high winds so fingers crossed that the weather may be a little more clement this time around. However, having visited the illuminations on a number of times in the past, the weather conditions can be absolutely appalling so fingers crossed.

This is the perfect chance to get some fireworks in your system in preparation for Bonfire Night and a lovely place to visit with plenty to do through the day and after the fireworks, you can take in a show, visit the cinema or go out to eat in any one of the thousands of café and restaurants.

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