2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and it is our chance to sit back and reflect and offer our deepest gratitude to those who fought so very hard to keep England free from tyranny.
10,000 members of the public are being invited to parade past the Cenotaph following the traditional British Legion Veterans march on Remembrance Sunday.
Bells will also feature in the celebrations as the UK and German Governments have agreed to take part in an international event ‘Ringing Out for Peace – Battle’s Over’ which is set to take place on 11th November also. Campanologists from across the UK and Germany will ring their bells and join more than a thousand churches and cathedrals which will be the most widespread bell ringing since the end of the First World War. More than 1400 bell ringers died during the conflict, so it will be a fitting tribute to those and all the men and women who lost their lives on land or the high seas.
The UK event will be mirrored in Australia, Canada, Denmark, the USA, Somaliland and our own Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
In our own nod to those who lost their lives, we have had a 100 shot all red firework called ARMISTICE made which will be with us in time for Bonfire Night and of course, the innumerable Remembrance events which will be taking place this year.
Colin Furze is, first and foremost, a really nice man (if a little crazy) and on reaching 6 million subscribers, he wanted rockets to celebrate the achievement so one call and a courier trip later, the fireworks were delivered, and he was ready to rock and roll once again.
His plan was to launch as many rockets as possible, but this, of course, was not going to be an easy task, but, Colin does tend to ‘think outside of the box’ (a few years ago the men holding the straight jacket would have been at the door). This creation was to be almost an amalgamation of two of his previous projects; the death star and the truck launch of rockets.
Firstly, how to launch these bad boys? He created a large ring of mesh for the top of the launcher and a smaller one below to enable the rockets to mushroom outwards. Then of course, once the base was secured and checked, how on earth do you light this number of rockets in one fell swoop and still maintain the ‘Furze-effect’?
This is where Colin’s abilities as a plumber come to the fore as he created a flamethrower for under the mesh out of copper to enable him to flash fire to the fuses. This he was going to light with a rocket, so he needed to attach a rocket to a rope which was to be launched towards the gas.
He carried out some extensive pre-testing etc to make sure he was not going to set Lincolnshire afire. He also wanted it to be high up so the JCB was to lift the mushroom up at the top of the hill (well, in Lincolnshire its difficult to find a ‘hill’ so it was more of an incline!) and waited for night to fall.
Once lit, it was clear that it was going to be a huge success, but Colin and his friends got out of there pretty sharp once the rockets started launching!
ANOTHER AMAZING JOB COLIN – here at Epic Headquarters, we think that your next project should be a Girondola.
All the rockets used in Colin’s video footage were supplied by EPIC FIREWORKS.
Jimmy and Paul are over the other side of the World on a buying trip in the heart of the home of fireworks; China, and as the Chinese New Year fast approaches, time is short to get around all the factories on their list before the mass migration home for the Spring Festival begins.
Here in the western world, we celebrate Christmas followed closely by the New Year and I do not know of many who have the whole of the holiday off but over in China, more than 90% will return to their homes from across the globe for this 15-day holiday to ensure that they get to share time with their families and loved ones.
Fireworks are incredibly important to the people of China and they have been making them for centuries. The town of Liuyang is in the Hunan Province which is acknowledged as the capital of fireworks. This region is responsible for 60% of the $60 million industry from the thousand or so factories which cover the area. When you consider that the whole of the UK comprises only 209,000 km2 and Hunan is 210,000 you could literally fit our whole country in their province!
Of the thousands of factories in the area, Jimmy and Paul have pretty much been to most but there are some which specialise in certain areas like fountains, roman candles and cakes and rockets are often made by separate companies.
Over the years with the implementation of numerous rules and regulations regarding the transport of explosives and the safeguarding of the staff of firework factories has resulted in a great many of them working exclusively for the domestic market like the massive Spring festival which accounts for 40% of the gross sales of fireworks.
In the images, you can see first of all the big Fountains in production – these are one of the biggest sellers of our range as the big beautiful 1kg bad boys last round 90 seconds and offer a great ground display and at the other end of the spectrum, there are the little teensy-weensy fountains, like the ones in the majority of multi-packs or selection boxes but they are absolutely essential for garden displays.
When it comes to cakes or barrages (the same thing … some say that if they have different effects they have other names but it is all horses for courses) we have a couple of preferred suppliers who specialise in effects for roman candles. Which outlet we use depends on the type/weight/effects we need. On the other hand, ALL our rockets come from one supplier which offers us the best quality at the best price and moreover that we can trust that they will send what we have seen and not something random.
Check out the casements ready for creating that special fanned barrage and the roman candle shot tubes. Cakes/barrages are created by bundling together roman candle tubes which individually fire off effects but when carefully fused in a specific order, become a cake fit for a professional show, without the price tag.
We do try to bring something new in every year and this one is under consideration; Let us know what you think: