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What: Commonwealth Games 2014
Where: Celtic Park, Glasgow
When: 23rd July 2014 – 4th August 2014

Over 40,000 spectators will shortly be taking their seats for one of the biggest events Scotland has ever seen.

With the TV coverage reaching another billion watchers, already the 20th Commonwealth Games has been at the centre of some controversy, after a plan was launched to blow up five of the remaining six red road tower blocks as part of the opening ceremony using a massive 2755 pounds of high explosive was quashed after an online petition to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the 1960s style accommodation attracted thousands to sign up to keep the iconic skyline.

Over the next 40 days, 6500 athletes from 71 nations will battle it out while onlookers on site will be able to get a clear view of the games on Europe’s biggest TV screen. Weighing in at a gargantuan 38 tonnes, the 100 metre wide-screen, covering a whopping 1020 square metres, it is sure to bring all concerned closer to the action. The “window on the world”, as it has been dubbed, will connect the games, the people of the city and the commonwealth together, although just how this will happen is being kept firmly under wraps. David Zolwer Head of ceremonies and artistic director who has been overseeing rehearsals is keeping shtum, adding to the building anticipation.

What is the Commonwealth?

The Commonwealth is a voluntary intergovernmental association of 53 member states formed in 1949 which have been either directly or indirectly ruled by Great Britain or our Monarch at some point.

Queen Elizabeth II remains the reigning monarch for sixteen of the members, five members having their own monarch with the remainder being republics, each having a common language, history, culture, democracy and human rights.

But let’s face it, it’s the fireworks we are interested in but even with our contacts in the industry we know very little about the pyro that will be fired, such is the secrecy concerned with this event. The little information we have been made aware of, we dare not mention at this point or “heads will roll”.

Here is a clip of the last Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi just to give you an idea of what to expect.

We hope all the competitors perform to the best of their abilities and Good Luck to everyone concerned


Epic Fireworks in Glasgow

Before pressing play to ensure the kids are out the room, there is a bit of swearing towards the end.

The Epic Fireworks team provide a short and sweet display for good friend John’s 30th Birthday Party in Glasgow.

Pyro-technician extraordinaire Graeme Connelly ignited the fireworks at the West Scotland Cricket Club and the crowd was understandably appreciative.

Forgiveness has to be allowed for the camerawoman who made the cardinal sin of turning the camera sideways halfway through the display. However all is forgotten as when the “false finale” was over and the real fireworks began, everyone went mental!

Firing Order:

1 x Fire One

1 x Sky Lab and 1 x Mad Moth

2 x Typhoon Twister

1 x GoldenEye

1 x Sky Lab and 1 x Mad Moth


1 x Screaming Spiders and 1 x Whispering Palms and 1 x Rogue Vipers

1 x Drunken Glasgow Crowd

The whole display cost less than £220 and is available only from Epic Fireworks. You can tell from the noise the audience made that it was a great display and the reports to the local police only confirmed what we all knew. It was a brilliant show!


The Daylight Fireworks, Glasgow, Scotland, Early 1900s

The title of the picture above is ‘The Daylight Fireworks’.

I have not seen the back of this postcard so do not know who the photographer or publisher was.

Whoever it was, the photographer appears to have created this postcard from many images – several decades before it became possible to create rather more subtle results digitally.

This card was sent to Canada in 1911.

It would have been sold during the Exhibition, which was held at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow from May 3 until November 4, 1911. The exhibition attracted 9.4m visitors.

This Blog Post was created with the help of edinphoto and Peter Stubbs.