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THE BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

WHAT: THE BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
WHY: NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 14TH AND 15TH AUGUST 2019
WHERE: PLYMOUTH HOE, DEVON
COST: FREE

Epic Fireworks are once again delighted to offer their support to the British Firework Championships in Plymouth. You can even win £500 worth of fireworks (supplied by ourselves) by answering a question on the British Firework Championships website.

Tens of thousands of visitors attend each evening to witness the beauty and spectacle of the fireworks bursting over the stunning setting of Plymouth Hoe. Starting in 1997, the competition brings together some of the best exponents of the professional firework industry going head to head in the skies over the beautiful setting in Plymouth. Fun thrill rides, live music, and great food and drink concessions galore – a great evening out under the setting sun – what could be better.

Competing this year are as follows:

WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST 2019

NEMESIS PYROTECHNICS LTD – WETTENHALL, CHESHIRE

Runner up in 2017 at this event, they are here to make the best of their opportunity once again. They have been designing displays for more than 15 years and the team will be filling the skies over Portstewart at the Red Sails event at the end of July.

AURORA FIREWORKS – BILLINGSHURST, WEST SUSSEX

The company was established in 1996 and have never looked back. Their packed order book is a testament to their professionalism. They competed here in 2016 and earned themselves a well deserved 2nd place.  Best of luck this time around.

PHOENIX FIREWORKS – WROTHAM, KENT

Earlier this year, they joined forces with Kimbolton Fireworks and are set to compete at the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport later this year. The company was established in 1972 and have a huge range of regular customers.

THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST 2019

ILLUSION FIREWORKS – WALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE

Established a few years ago, this team have gone on to win just about every UK title available. In 2018 they won the British Firework Championships, the British Musical Firework Championships and Firework Champions event at Stanford Hall and this year, they have already picked up the win at the Firework Champions event at Newby Hall.

SELSTAR FIREWORKS – CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX

Established in 1995, their client list includes the armed forces, corporate/marketing events as well as weddings and local authority displays. This team is also competing at the Festival of Fireworks at Catton Hall in early September.

1st GALAXY FIREWORKS – SHERWOOD, NOTTINGHAM

20 years in the pyro business they are also competing at the British Musical Firework competition in Southport later in the year. In the meantime, they will be firing at the Nottingham Riverside Festival on Saturday 3rd August and every Wednesday throughout August, they will be holding the weekly display at Ingoldmells Fantasy Island in Skegness.

The very best of luck to all competing and we will bring you news of the outcome of the competition as soon as details are available.

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BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS FIREWORK VIDEOS

Last night saw the first three teams take to the skies over Plymouth Hoe in an attempt to win the British Firework Championships 2018.

Firing last night was Fuse Fireworks from Nottinghamshire, Fully Fused from Bedfordshire and UK Fireworks Company from London who all took full advantage of the beautiful setting over the water on the Hoe preceded by a stunning sunset.

The event was first held in 1997 and today represents one of the biggest and fiercely fought competitions of the UK firework event calendar.

Tonight will see Smart Pyrotechnics, Phoenix Fireworks, and Illusion Fireworks take centre stage in their attempt to win the coveted prize. However, the news is that the weather may cause some issues as rain is expected in the area from 9pm – 11pm.

If you are in the area, remember to get there early and getting away from the Hoe can be a challenge because of the numbers of spectators so allow a considerable amount of time to leave.

Below is the fireworks video from lasts nights first 3 teams.

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THE BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 – THE COMPETITORS

WHAT: BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHERE: PLYMOUTH HOE, THE PROMENADE, PLYMOUTH
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 8TH & THURSDAY 9TH AUGUST 2018
COST: FREE

Back in January, we brought you news of the forthcoming British Firework Championships taking place in August 2018 and now we have the details of the competitors.

It is most certainly a very competitive line up with some of the best in the UK taking centre stage this year to take the title of British Firework Champions 2018.

Here are the teams:

UK FIREWORK COMPANYNORTH FINCHLEY, LONDON
This company was established in 2009 and are kept busy all year round with fireworks, special effects, fire-writing (lancework) and indoor pyrotechnics.

The competed here last year and were narrowly beaten to the win by Selstar. Fingers crossed that this will be their year to lift the silverware.

SMART PYROTECHNICSDEVIZES, WILTSHIRE
Owned by Steve Martin and Anthony Foti, the operations on a day to day basis remain under the control of Steve. Anyone in the pyro industry will be familiar with the name Foti as one of the first Italian Firework families who has been in the firework world since 1793 and today, are at the forefront of international firework events globally.

In 2014 they were awarded a richly deserved 1st place in Courchevel’s Festival d’art Pyrotechnique and last year they competed in the Champion of Champions British Musical Firework Championships in Southport where they were narrowly beaten by Sirotechnics but they did pick up the Peoples Choice awards and in some respects I do agree because overall the Sirotechnics show was better the finale from Smart was absolutely electrifying.

FULLY FUSED FIREWORKSSHEFFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE
The team from Fully Fused have been at the forefront of National and International displays both in competition and for overseas clientele. They have been creating awe-inspiring displays for more than 30 years. Expect a jaw-dropping display which will have the crowd talking about it for days to come from this amazing professional team.

PHOENIX FIREWORKSWROTHAM, KENT
This company has been delighting crowds with their innovative display design and attention to detail for 40 years and continue to thrill crowds today. The team believe that planning is paramount, and the team took part in last year’s BMFC champion of champions event alongside Smart Pyrotechnics at the event in Southport, once again missing out on the top spot.

One of the most memorable projects this team has undertaken was the Sony Bravia LCS TV advert in which they were tasked with firing 70,000 litres of paint down the side of a building. A staggering 1700 detonators and 57 kilometres of copper wire were used to create the advert which became one of the most iconic in 2006.
More recently, they have done the stills for the front page of Tatler, one of the oldest monthly issue magazines in the World having first being published in 1901.

FUSE FIREWORKSRETFORD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Run and owned by Zoe and Brian Marshall, this team have displayed for TV, Formula One, Next and even our local shopping centre Meadowhall. Remaining committed to their Customer Service principles and their commitment to maintaining their attention to the finer details has ensured that this team are incredibly busy all year around. In 2017 they fired a staggering 51 shows for BFN including the huge event at Alexandra Palace which was voted the best in the UK by the Telegraph. I am really looking forward to seeing what this crew will bring to the event.

ILLUSION FIREWORKSWALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE
Although the company was only established in 2014, they have a long fireworks connection as Karl crewed for teams up and down the country for years before taking the plunge and setting up independently.

That was only the start of it as the team were invited to compete the following year at Newby Hall Firework Champions and won the event first time out. They went on to win once again at last years Firework Champions even at Ragley Hall and get better and better. Expect bright colours and huge effects from this display team as they follow the company’s tag-line of a sky full of magic.

Good luck to all the teams competing this year and we will, of course, bring you details of the competition winners in mid-August. 1st reserve team are The Fireworkers from Driffield, East Yorkshire and the 2nd reserve are Nemesis Pyrotechnics from Crewe, Cheshire.

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