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Stephen Hawking 75th Birthday Fireworks

On Saturday 7th January 2017 we were kindly invited by Professor Stephen Hawking to celebrate his 75th Birthday.

Professor Stephen Hawking 75th Birthday Display by Epic Fireworks

We have done many firework displays before for the Professor – but this time we had more space to play with. All we used was CAT3 Epic Fireworks – Check out the video below and see how many of the fireworks you can recognize.

We finished with 3 x Angels Vs Demons to guarantee the finale ended with a Big Bang. A few days later we received a wonderful thank you letter from the man himself.

Thank You Letter From Professor Stephen Hawking


After team GB’s most successful medal haul to date, we welcome back to our shores our Olympic heroes and heroines. There are so many stories of pushing beyond the limits to overcome personal barriers and inspirational achievement it is hard to single out one particular person. We, as a nation, should raise a glass or at least our hats to every single one of the most epic team we have ever had representing our small island.

Leeds based boxer, Nicola Adams proving just how hard Yorkshire lasses are, winning gold. Jess Ennis taking silver for her jaw dropping display of athletic prowess over multiple events, honestly guys, how many of you could you throw a shot put which weighs 8.8 lb 13.86 meters? I know that I for one would struggle.

Back in 2012, when we hosted the games in London, if Yorkshire had been a team we would have finished with our heads held high, this time around Huddersfield athletes alone would have beaten Turkey! It is only when you consider the size of our nation it becomes more apparent at the scale of our success.


Our track cyclists well and truly exceeded any expectations lifting an astonishing six gold, four silver and a bronze medal. The fantastic GB rowing team winning three golds and two silvers, but for me, the unexpected medals we won were possibly the most surprising. Hard hitting Bianca Walkden who battled hard in the women’s 67Kg Taekwondo to win bronze was an inspiration, never backing down and giving her all. And over in the pool, the incredible talent of Adam Peaty who won Gold in the 100m Breaststroke in a World Record time made it look incredibly easy.

Commiserations to all who didn’t win a medal this time round but in a few days’ time, once rested and recovered, we are sure they will be getting ready for Tokyo 2020.

All in all, I for one was a little surprised at the games themselves as a few days before the opening ceremony some of the infrastructure was still being completed and bad press was being bandied about daily. When the biggest things to go wrong were the diving pool turning green and the high winds for the 3m Springboard semi-finals (it was an edge of the seat stuff for all the wrong reasons) Rio can say they had a pretty successful games.

We were aware of the limited budgets available and the theme of the games being aimed towards environmental concern so it was no surprise the fireworks whilst good, were not up to the standard of the 2012 London games, but well done Brazil.

Enjoy the closing fireworks ceremony, and if any of our local heroes are passing by head office near junction 36 of the M1, please pop in for a coffee and give us the opportunity to pass on our respect for a job well done.



Saturday 6th August 2016 sees the third in the series of competitions held at some of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes. This week, the competition will be held in the grounds of the stunning Belvoir Castle in Grantham, Leicestershire.

Belvoir remains the family home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their children and the Belvoir Estate has been owned by the family for over a thousand years. The current Castle has managed to dodge the bullet in regards to major repairs since the last fire in 1816 and is open to the public for numerous corporate events, shooting and weddings.

The perfect place to take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the place before the fireworks get under way just after 9.15 with a demonstration/tutorial about Category 4 pyrotechnics (professional use ONLY) before the competitors take their places.

The event is the brainchild of MLE Pyrotechnics who will be responsible for the finale show whilst the votes are cast and counted.

The teams competing at Belvoir Castle this year are as follows:


Based in Newport, Skydazzle is run by the whole family who share a passion for pyrotechnics. Today, fireworks and music are found with a number of events including shows, concerts and privately commissioned corporate events and the company have used all of their 30 year passion to great effect. The company have built up a great reputation and include clients like the Royal Marines, Barrett Homes and Great Western Hotels.

This will only be the second time competing at Firework Champions but Belvoir is one of the biggest in the series and they are going all out for the win.

Firing system: FireByWire.


Cambridgeshire based Kimbolton Fireworks is another long established family run affair which was established in 1964 by Reverend Ron Lancaster.

The company has an international client list which reads like a book of who’s who and they were heavily involved in the firework displays for the 2012 Olympic Games, London’s New Year Fireworks and Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Kimbolton are the only UK company still manufacturing fireworks but they are EXCLUSIVELY for display company use as they have to be created under special licence and the handlers have to be qualified technicians. They make Gerbs (display fountains), Mines and Roman Candles.

Importers of a wide range of goods from across Europe and the Far East, they use these in conjunction with their own products during competitions etc.

The show has been designed by all the display staff who have each created different sequences and they will be firing with the FireOne firing system.


Based in Chelmsford in Essex, this incredibly busy team of specialists has been operating for a number of years now and their competition prowess continues to grow.

Firework Crazy has a vast retail/wholesale business alongside the professional display team who continue to delight everyone at events all over the country.

The display will be fired by Mark Priest using firing system PyroSure.

Belvoir Fireworks, 19th July 2008

10.40 Once all of the competitors have shown their wares, the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics take to the stage whilst the public votes are cast and counted. MLE’s display will not be subject to competition rules so you may see some really new and innovative pieces. The gates open at 5.30pm to allow people to get settled before the competition gets underway. You are welcome to bring along a picnic and take your positions for best views early doors. Camping overnight is available in the field next to the car park at £10 per adult per night.


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