Tag Archives: November 5th

Which Day Is Your Bonfire Night?

Bonfire Night this year falls on a Tuesday so that begs the question of when to hold your fireworks display.

From past experience, the majority of ‘organised’ displays are held over the weekend, be that before or after the fifth to avoid impacting on work commitments. But, Joe Public certainly has a great deal more choice. Of course, staff at firework outlets are fully committed to making sure that stores remain available to customers for as long as possible, remaining open to the general public until very late evening (last year it was 9:20pm before the doors could eventually be closed and the previous season, we had a lady searching frantically for some additional sparklers at 10:00pm). However, as a result of this, we are unable to hold our family fireworks party until the weekend after Bonfire Night.

Already the phones are red-hot with orders, although at the moment we still have a couple of pieces arriving from China over the forthcoming couple of weeks which will bring out stock back up to capacity and we can still fulfil over 90% of orders with the goods from our current stocks.

As the brochure is about to be finalised, as many will already be aware, the prices of EVERYTHING connected to the firework business has gone up. From labels for the boxes to the pyro itself and the courier, the costs have increased so we sadly have found it necessary to pass on some of these costs to the consumer. That said, in fairness as all our range remains at half the RRP or less, our customers still continue to get quality fireworks at a bargain price. ‘Darn South’ (as we say in Yorkshire) for example, a ‘good quality’ barrage is likely to be 1.4g, so not quite as crisp, loud and bright as the 1.3g barrages from Epic and will set you back a pretty penny. In comparison, a 100 shot barrage will cost you around £110.00 inc VAT whereas the phenomenally brilliant Screaming Spiders, voted as one of the best in the Country is louder, brighter and costs just £44.95 including VAT. You would have to be completely mad not to pursue that one further. So basically, you could have one of each of our award-winning and most popular fireworks the Screaming Spiders and Thunderous Finale for less than the £110.00 price tag.

If you can’t get up the M1 to see us, why not discuss the matter with your friends, family and colleagues and see if you can get an order together for over £295.00 and we will arrange the free delivery of all the fireworks to you at work or home. It is easy to do, just click on epicfireworks.com and check out our fantastic range of DIY display fireworks and garden fireworks. With prices starting from a couple of pounds to our biggest single ignition barrages at around £90.00, we have everything to suit your budget and taste. If you are not sure, get in touch and one of our friendly staff will be happy to chat about your needs and see what will best meet your needs.

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Schoolboy Designs Fireworks Giant In Oxfordshire

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A picture drawn by a 10-year-old boy will be used to create a 12-metre wicker figure to be set alight at Oxford’s South Park.

Reuben Morris-Dyer’s image of a tribal warrior was selected from more than a thousand entries for the competition to design the structure.

Artist Dan Barton said the figure would take six weeks to build.

It will then go on display around Oxfordshire ahead of the Round Table Fireworks Display in November.

Mr Barton said: “It’s a fantastic design and will look spectacular. We can get schoolchildren involved in helping to build it and may put it near the M40.”

Reuben, a pupil at Stanford in the Vale Primary School, said he was delighted to win but will have mixed feelings in November.

“I know it will have to get burnt but it is a bit of a shame. I guess it couldn’t last forever,” he added

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Plastic Roof Means No Fireworks

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The future of Whangarei’s popular Guy Fawkes fireworks display is up in the air as organisers hunt for a suitable venue.

The Lions Club of Whangarei has been putting on the annual early November fireworks display for 15 years at Okara Park.

But last year’s event had to be moved as the park was being upgraded.

It was then cancelled after the alternative venue – Tikipunga Sports Domain – was deemed unsuitable because dozens of horses were nearby.

Now the new Northland Events Centre stadium’s plastic roof makes it an unsuitable spot for the display.

Lions Club of Whangarei president Malcolm Hawthorn said after last year’s “disaster” the club had wanted to gauge public support for whether the event should continue, and if so where it should be held.

Mr Hawthorn said the fireworks spectacular was among the longest and best pyrotechnic shows in the country, but the rules stipulate that when you shoot rockets from 15cm mortars they have to be well away from people and buildings.

“Following last year’s disaster we have now identified that there are no alternative public spaces that meet the fire zone and public setback regulations,” Mr Hawthorn said.

“The future development of Pohe Island/William Fraser Memorial Park is the only public space with the required areas available for this activity in the future. It is ideal, being close to our old Okara site, meaning it does not have any livestock or horse issues  if the event was held on the city periphery.”

He said Okara Park was no longer suitable, despite its $18.5million upgrade into a multi-events centre, as there were two main impediments.

“Firstly it’s [the new stadium] got a plastic roof and we can’t risk the roof. Secondly, the [neighbouring] Old Boys ground has been sold to Hill Construction for development,” Mr Hawthorn said.

“We used to fire our big shells from the Old Boys ground and that development will affect those setback rules.”

The event took a lot of organising and raised more than $20,000 for charity, but before Lions committed to continuing it wanted to find out what the public thought.

The club had talked about putting on a free show, including possibly setting off the fireworks from a barge on Hatea River, and calling for donations, but that carried too much risk for the club.

Barge Park was also not an option because of a nearby bush, while Port Nikau had also been looked at, but that would only be for four or five years maximum.

Mr Hawthorn said if the public wanted the event to continue, and backed Pohe Island as the spot, the club would approach the Whangarei District Council for permission.

“If they wanted Pohe Island we’d have to ask the council be careful not to obscure too many sight lines, and block the views of the fireworks when they redevelop the park,” he said.

“But we need to know what the public wants first.”

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