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TOP 5 SONIC EFFECT BARRAGES

SHRILL WITCH – 25 shots – 36 second duration – 8/10 noise – EPIC price £9.98

Sonic spinners break into multi coloured peonies in this incredible little cake. Excellent value for money with truly lovely effects making it suitable for any display.

SHRILL WITCH 25 SHOT CAKE

WHISTLE POP MIX – 27 shots – 23 second duration – 5/10 noise – EPIC price £9.98

This little beauty has a sonic whilst which is truly charming as the sound effect and the spinners whoop across the sky. Great value for money and a must-have for any display and a firm favourite with children.

WHISTLE MIX POP 27 SHOT FIREWORK CAKE

HOWLING WOLVES – 30 shots – 45 second duration – 9/10 noise – EPIC price £34.98

Featuring an impressive ‘howl’, brilliant colours and effects this medium paced barrage will be ideally positioned mid the early or mid part of any show. Good and loud and filled with beautiful crackling palms and starts and a beautiful addition to our range.

NEW FOR 2018 - HOWLING WOLVES #EpicFireworks

HUMMING HORNETS – 28 shots – 30 second duration – 6/10 noise – EPIC price £9.98

This is my family’s absolute favourite with a delightful whooping sonic whistle which is guaranteed to raise a smile or two. Great pace and a definite MUST have for any display with lovely little red pearls which zip across the sky with a fully fanned glittering tailed comet finale. Simply lovely.

Epic Fireworks - Humming Hornets

TRIPLE WHISTLE – 25 shots – 25 second duration – 7/10 noise – EPIC price £9.98

Unlike the Humming Hornets and the Whistle Pop Mix, this has a screaming whistle so perhaps not for everyone, but noise lovers will certainly add this to their display. Tailed comets whistle into the air reaching considerable height and at a shot a second there are effects throughout. Great value for money and certainly for the latter stage of any display.

TRIPLE WHISTLE 25 SHOT BARRAGE #EpicFireworks

Of course, we have quite literally HUNDREDS of products in stock so if you need something a little quieter or more colourful, give us a call and our technicians will be happy to chat about your needs.

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YE OLDE SUSSEX BONFIRE SOCIETIES

The UK has it’s fair share of associations and groups but few can trace their origins back quite as far as the Sussex Bonfire Societies (including parts of Kent).  There are currently 35 operational Bonfire Societies; some are for the whole family whereas some are exclusively an ‘adult’ affair which has been running since the early 19th century.

In the early days, following the actions of Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby, King James created an Act detailed as ‘An Acte for a publique Thanksgiving to God Almighty ever year of the fifth day of November’  in remembrance of the close escape from annihilation of him, his Lords and close relations who were gathered for the opening of Parliament.

In the early days, celebrations were very low key and subdued but became increasingly riotous and were eventually banned by Oliver Cromwell on the creation of the Commonwealth but re-established years later during the reign of Charles II but again, the celebrations were more hit and miss.

Bonfire Societies started initially in response to the burning of 17 protestant martyrs during the reign of Catholic Queen Mary Tudor.  They were originally just a bunch of men who went through the village at leaner times of the year (late autumn and winter) begging for food and where available, alcohol.  However, begging was a criminal offence and as such, to avoid detection, they would dress up as pirates or black up their faces leaving them free to do as they wished.  Hence the reason that today’s Bonfire Societies adopt a specific colour and type of costume ranging from monks and Saxons to jailbirds and Zulu warriors – the list is long and varied.

The members are fiercely proud and work tirelessly from one year to the next in preparation.  The events usually feature an effigy- once upon a time this would have been a very simple ‘guy’ but over the years, this has transformed into something a whole lot more thought-provoking.  Some of the effigies burnt have been controversial including several complaints about burning ‘The Pope’ and the numerous ‘No Popery’ signs carried by the revellers on their respective processions.

Last year some of the societies gained national recognition as they were featured on the BBC News.  Edenbridge B/S (Bonfire Society) burned an 11 foot effigy of the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his infamous mop of unruly hair, cycling helmet, Hawaiian shorts and a couple of red buses for shoes holding aloft an EU cake – the message being that you can’t have your cake and eat it – it seems that this message was not taken to heart as he steams forward with the UK’s plans to leave Europe.

Bonfire Societies across Sussex and Kent have had the proverbial ‘tilt’ at numerous high-profile individuals over the years including premiership footballer Wayne Rooney, outspoken former apprentice participant (and completely hateful woman) Katie Hopkins and even US President Donald Trump.

This year, there will be events from each of the remaining societies starting on 7th September to 16th November.  Here is a list of the dates of each:

  • 7/9/2019 UCKFIELD
  • 14/9/2019 CROWBOROUGH
  • 21/9/2019 MAYFIELD
  • 28/9/2019 BURGESS HILL
  • 5/10/2019 EASTBOURNE
  • 12/10/2019 NINFIELD
  • 19/10/2019 HASTINGS, HAILSHAM AND SEAFORD
  • 25/10/2019 ISFIELD AND LITTLE HORSTED
  • 26/10/2019 EWHURST & STAPLE CROSS, LITTLEHAMPTON, FIRLE, HEATHFIELD
  • 2/11/2019 NEWICK, BATTLE, EDENBRIDGE
  • 3/11/2019 ROBIN HOOD
  • 5/11/2019 LEWES, LINDFIELD
  • 9/11/2019 EAST HOATHLY & HALLAND, CHAILEY, SOUTH HEIGHTON AND RYE
  • 16/11/2019 ROBERTSBRIDGE, BARCOMBE AND NEVILLE

If you do get the opportunity to get to one of the dates, please remember that there are hot tar barrels being corralled up and down the street, fireworks and a torchlit procession and as such may not be suitable for young children.  Furthermore, as a result of their notoriety, particularly since the arrival of social media, these events are getting bigger every year and as they are held in small towns, the crowds can bring about traffic issues so be aware of this before you go along.

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PYROTECHNIC GUILD INTERNATIONAL 2019

The Pyrotechnic Guild International was established in the USA in 1969 by Max P Vanderhorck, a meteorologist from San Diego. He wanted to create an association for people who share a fascination for pyrotechnics from across society from those with a passing interest to the full-on pyro pot!

Each year the event brings enthusiasts from across the USA and the remainder of the rest of the world to encourage and re-enforce the safe and responsible display of fireworks and pyrotechnic articles expanding on the creativity of spectacular fireworks and effects.

There are classes, seminars, and nightly firework displays and demonstrations and this Friday evening will see the launch of the 36inch shell created especially for the event. There is a number of things which are not allowed in the UK which feature heavily including the beautiful Girandola.

It is a family affair as even young pyro lovers can learn from the best and create their own fireworks under the close supervision of experts.

Over 4000 people generally attend the effect which takes place in a different City every year – last year it took place in Mason City, Iowa.

The exhibition event is also being attended by the team from Passfire, who are continuing their trek around the globe discovering the importance of fireworks, the communities and organisations dependent upon them and their use in fiestas and religious events like the Festa del Redentore in Spain or the massive Diwali celebrations in India.

We will bring you footage of the launch of the super shell soon.

In the meantime, here is a video of the PGI’s World’s Finest Rockets – 96 of them for this year as they mark the Golden Anniversary of the setting up of the guild.  Enjoy:

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