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AND THE WINNER IS …..2017

This year has been a very good one on the competitive side of the industry as a whole and once again the UK reigns supreme so here is a short round-up of some of the competition winners both on the international and domestic pyrotechnic stage.

First mention to Pyrotex Fireworx who competed alongside Pyro 2000 and some of the very best professional firework display teams around the globe and successfully lifted the win for the second year running with an awesome display with a particularly moving soundtrack – well done to Pyrotex who once again show their experience and technical ability with this stunning show PIPC champions 2017.

The UK summer always starts for me with the list of which of the UK’s most beautiful historic houses are on the list for the annual ‘Firework Champions’ events and this year we had a couple of changes of venue. This year, the splendid Capesthorne Hall was replaced by the nonetheless gorgeous Arley Hall. The house and region have been home to the forebears of Lord and Lady Ashbrook since the mid 15th Century but the current Hall is characterised as a Country House in the Jacobethan Style meaning it is strongly influenced by both Elizabethan and Jacobean architecture. There are of course competitions from July through to early September and here are the competition winners for 2017:

· NEWBY HALL – ATOM FIREWORKS

· STANFORD HALL – SKYDAZZLE PYROTECHNICS

· BELVOIR CASTLE – TWO TIGERS FIREWORKS

· ARLEY HALL – OPTIMUM FIREWORKS

· EASTNOR CASTLE – FIREMONKEY PYRO

· RAGLEY HALL – ILLUSION FIREWORKS

Then, Jubilee Fireworks took to the World stage over in Montreal in August and again wowed the judges with their fantastic Gunpowder and Greasepaint themed display picking up the Gold Jupiter award for their momentous display especially given that they took on the mighty Ricardo Caballer Ricasa, Surex Fireworks and Vaccalluzzo Events. Warmest congratulations on a job well done.

Then off we went to the British Firework Championships over the beautiful Plymouth Hoe which brings in funding for the local charities and the whole of the community who get to see the wonder of the fireworks of the beautiful cove. The winners of the British Firework Championships were the superb Selstar Fireworks.

Onto the British Musical Fireworks championships for a champion of champion event featuring the past seven winners who were all competing for a year’s worth of bragging rights. There was plenty to see as the fireworks got underway on Friday night and the weather was changeable at best but all the technicians were ready and willing to bring it on the night. The well-deserved winner of the event was Sirotechnics.

A great year for British Pyrotechnics so well done to you all and good luck for 2018.

FIREWORK CHAMPIONS STANFORD HALL 2017

WHAT: STANFORD HALL – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS
WHEN: SATURDAY 29TH JULY 2017
WHERE: STANFORD HALL, NEAR LUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE, LE17 6DH.
CONTACT TEL: 01788 860250
EMAIL: [email protected]
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
COST: £20 ADULTS – £10 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Stanford Hall is the second venue for the firework champions competition with 4 more fantastic displays from 3 more top UK firework companies.

With Shakespeare’s Avon flowing through the park, this beautiful house has been within the same family since 1430. It was pulled down and rebuilt in the 1960’s it now resembles and shows the fantastic period that it was built in.

As with all the events at the firework champions, parking and disabled parking is available and will be monitored by friendly staff to help and direct you accordingly. Please note, there are some areas which are dark and the ground may be uneven, and may not be suitable for everyone.

Fireworks

Preshow entertainment includes information about the teams, interviews with the firework teams, and other interesting facts.

Options available on food either to bring your own or grab a bite from one of the vendors on the site, just remember as the grounds are within a stately home you can take along picnics and furniture, blankets etc. to sit on but under NO circumstances are BBQ’s or open flame appliances on site anywhere.

Voting to crown the champions couldn’t be easier as you the audience decides by voting for their favorite by text message from your mobile.

The Running order is as follows

Gates close for entry – Information and interviews with the teams announced: 9:00pm

Computer fired demo: 9:15pm
Team 1: 9:30pm
Team 2: 9:45pm
Team 3: 10:00pm

Competing Teams

Sky Dazzle Pyrotechnics

Flashpoint Fireworks

G-force fireworks

SMS Voting opens: 10:15pm
SMS Voting closes: 10:30pm

MLE Pyrotechnics – Larger scale closing display: 10:30pm

Results announced of winning team: 10:40pm

This will be the 14th year that its has been held at Stanford with each one beating the year so you know that you’re in for a treat.

Can’t make it! – There are still 4 more events to go see after this one plenty of choice.

Firework Champions 2017 – Here are the teams! from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

British Firework Championships Results

PLYMOUTH – BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 – DAY 1

Tuesday 16th August saw the opening of the British Firework Championships get under way in the clear skies over the Plymouth Hoe on a beautiful evening.

This is the 20th edition of the event and the boys are definitely all going hell for leather for the win.

First up to show their skills; SMArt Pyrotechnics – Salisbury

Their opening sequence was really pretty and there were some huge breaks. A beautiful display full of colour and effect with no apparent ‘hoohah’s’ and a very good finale but some odd shots after the display had ended. Good show SMArt.

Second to step up to the plate: Phoenix Fireworks – Sevenoaks

The titanium salutes at the beginning were incredibly loud and bright. The wide mixture of effects was a little haphazard for my taste as I tend to prefer symmetry but some of their really bright coloured horsetails were sublime. There was a definite pregnant pause at around the halfway mark which may simply have been a transition between sets and there were a couple of rogue pieces like a gold in the midst of a red section and then a single green in the mix for a gold section but overall, good job.

Last firework display on day 1 of the Championships: F1 Pyro

Very clean opening with some enormous shells and a great selection of colour and effects. The angles were good and the blue sweeping section was spot on and the hang time on a willow just over halfway through was absolutely awesome.

F1 were the best on the night in my opinion but they all had smoke issues on some level and the right hand side was difficult to see as a result but in fairness, all three displays were absolutely amazing.

Sadly, whilst the first night escaped the curse of the British Firework Champs weather (ahhh yes, the winds of 2012) the second is looking to be a bit of a shocker as the forecaster shows that they are expecting high winds and heavy rain after 7.00pm.

Fingers crossed that they are able to carry on.

PLYMOUTH – BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 – DAY 2

Day two of the BFC at Plymouth Hoe did well to manage to get under way last night as the threat of bad weather was ever-present; as high winds and torrential rain were expected but, the pyro gods must have been smiling on the teams as they all managed to put on a show.

First up; Aurora Fireworks – Wisborough Green, West Sussex

A quality selection of goods although a little too much red for my taste but really pretty nonetheless. I would add that the heights attained were very well matched resulting in a very precise display. The finale was super bright – good effort from team Aurora.

Next up; Distant Thunder Fireworks – Devizes, Wiltshire

This was my personal favourite as there were lots of really good colour combinations. Whilst the finale was a little lacklustre appearing to have experienced some technical difficulties as both sides had different effects going off but a beautiful display nonetheless.

Final team: Gala Fireworks – Northampton

The sweeping single shot work was precision personified and there were some lovely cube shells. Lots of variety and some massive breaks. The finale was awesome and the titanium flashes in the final run were just the icing on the cake.

After two nights of hard-fought competition, the winners were announced:

GALA FIREWORKS – WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS