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Back To School With Rev Ron Lancaster

Here are some very interesting videos by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) hosted by Reverend Ron Lancaster from Kimbolton fireworks – who was recently presented with a plaque in honour of his “services to pyrotechnics” for over 50 years.

The video below is the full 90-minute lecture of Reverend Ron Lancaster’s amazing “Chemistry of Fireworks”.

For those of you that don’t have the time to watch the full 90-minute video, here are some of the best bits we thought you might like:

The different types of Catherine wheels.

The different types of rockets.

The different types of Roman candles.

The different types of lancers and cakes.

The different types of firework shells.


Ron’s ‘love affair’ with fireworks began at a very early age. He was raised as a child in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and coincidently, his house was located between two of the leading fireworks companies at that point in time, Lion Fireworks and Standard Fireworks. During the second world war, Ron would wander into the firework factories after school and be intrigued by watching the firework technicians working on military pyrotechnics. At weekends, when the firework factory was closed, Ron would collect up the used parachutes from the military flares and the empty cases – like most young children back then, they were fascinated with pyrotechnics as there wasn’t much else to do.

Something I can completely relate to 🙂


Proud To Be British

proud to be british

Capping off a fantastic year for the City of London, this year’s New Year’s Eve event was destined to be nothing less than spectacular – and they didn’t disappoint.

Billed as one of the best in the World, the UK treated the revellers to a stunning display of fireworks.

The firers were once again Kimbolton Fireworks who were responsible for the brilliant displays at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games 2012

The breaks on some of the shells were staggering and held the air beautifully with some astounding double breaks, the display was really something to see. Rockets flared from the London Eye and the capital’s riverside landmarks including barrages on the Thames were lit up in a display which lasted 11 minutes and featured 12,500 fireworks.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “Watched by hundreds of thousands in the capital and millions around the globe, London has proved, yet again, that it can pull off spectacular world-class events in style.”

Spectators on hand at the event were thrilled saying that the display superseded their expectations saying that it was the perfect ending to a magnificent year in London.


Goodwood Racecourse Fireworks Concert

This Saturday 14th July sees the welcome return of this spectacular concert and fireworks display.

The show’s director Amanda Sharp is overjoyed that 600 tickets have been sold already for what promises to be the best yet. Tickets are still available and as the same as last year, anyone booking in advance will not have to pay parking fees.

Once again the line-up promises to make the night memorable with no less than five tribute acts taking the stage.

Kicking off with a night of dirty dancing starting at 17:30 and culminating in a massive fireworks display at 22:25, the 20 strong team led by the Rev Ron Lancaster of Kimbolton Fireworks are sure to put on another WOW show, although we expect Ron to be sat back with his feet up “supervising” having just had a knee replaced, all the best on that one.

Other acts attending will be, crazy for Bublé, The magic of take that, Bee gee’s magic and the fantastic Queen B, said to be probably the best Queen tribute band around, a must-see for hardcore Queen fans.

Although barbeques and gazebos will be banned from the race course area a licenced bar will be available, the weather seems (if the met office forecast for West Sussex is correct) to be a little better for Saturday with just a shower or two during the day.

It may be worthwhile taking a waterproof ground sheet, a chair, and dressing warmly.

Whatever the weather we hope it doesn’t spoil the event.

Adult tickets start at £30, a family ticket for two adults and two children is £72.

11-16 year olds just £10 children under 10 accompanied by an adult enter free

If anyone is attending and films the fireworks display we would love to see it, as we are otherwise committed, just upload the video to youtube and e-mail us the link to [email protected], and we will give you a mention.