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RAGLEY HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2016 – RAGLEY HALL
WHEN: SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016
WHERE: RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER, WARWICKSHIRE, B49 5NJ
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

The Hall was built in 1680 by Robert Hooke. It has been in the family since the current 8th Marquess of Hertford’s predecessor purchased the 6500 acre site several hundred years ago. Very much a family home, the Marquess, his wife and four children all live in the Hall which has been open to the public since 1958
Positioned just east of Stratford-upon-Avon, this is the first time the Firework Champions event will take place here, and as a new venue, there is of course lots of space in which to ensure that the teams can show their pyrotechnic prowess in the skies over Warwickshire.

In the grounds you will have the opportunity to just kick back and take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the house and gardens. 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 Ragley Hall this year are as follows:

9.30 Atom Fireworks – Salford, Manchester

This professional pyro team have over 50 years experience between them and they are delighted to have been invited along to take part. Atom Fireworks are supremely proud that they have a ZERO accident rate and work in close contact with local and community organisations. They are new to the competition so we are really looking forward to seeing some new blood.

Display designed by: Jason Graham
Firing System – FireByWire

9.45 G-Force Fireworks – Evesham, Worcestershire

The team in this instance has over 17 years of professional display experience and have competed at several Firework Champions venues and were runners up in the British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth in 2009 and 2011.

Display designed by: Rob Lewis
Firing System – FireByWire

10.00 Phenomenal Fireworks Ltd – Wigan, Lancashire

Established in 2005, this team of highly skilled pro firers are incredibly busy all year round with an order book brimming with weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and various corporate events.

Their client list includes the RAF, BBC, Channel 4, ITV as well as the Trafford Centre and B.T.

This team is competing for the 4th year running in 2016 and they are looking forward to it immensely.

10.40 MLE Pyrotechnics – Daventry, Northampton – FINALE DISPLAY

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.

CAPESTHORNE HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

WHAT: CAPESTHORNE HALL – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2016
WHEN: SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST 2016
WHERE: CAPESTHORNE HALL, CONGLETON ROAD, SIDDINGTON, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE, SK11 9JY
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Saturday 20th August 2016 sees the forth in the series of competitions held at some of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes.

This week’s competition will be held in the grounds of the stunning Capesthorne Hall in Siddington, Cheshire. The Hall is classed as a country house in the Jacobean style by renowned architect and landscape specialist Edward Blore who went on to build Buckingham Palace and carry out extensive repairs to both St James’ Palace and Windsor Castle.

Capesthorne has been home to the Bromley Davenport family since 1726. The house underwent a great deal of alteration over the forthcoming years, until 1837 when Davies Davenport brought the dis-joined two wings together and added new stable blocks to create a more symmetrical façade.

Davenport is one of the oldest family names in England having been recorded in pipe rolls (rolled scrolls of records to the exchequer from 12th – 19th centuries) from 1254 but further checks and the discovery of some ancient documents, they have since been able to trace all the way back to 1066 so there has been a Davenport or Bromley Davenport in residence for 290 years.

The perfect place to take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the house and gardens 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 Capesthorne Hall this year are as follows:

9.30 PDC FIREWORKS – PETERBOROUGH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Family run display team who work all over the Country for a huge number of clients. They have a great pedigree when it comes to competition as they were runners up at Broughton Hall in 2013 and won at Belvoir Castle 2014 and here at Capesthorne Hall in 2015 so they are no strangers to the format.

Display by: Paul Chisnall
Firing system: FireByWire

9.45 BLITZ FIREWORKS – CREWE, CHESHIRE

This team has 15 years experience and they have been previous winners at Firework Champions at Broughton Hall and Belvoir Castle and they took the win at the British Firework Championships Plymouth 2014.

They have a dedicated team of professional firers who are truly gifted.

Display by: Phil Jones
Firing system: FireByWire.

10.00 ILLUSION FIREWORKS – OXFORDSHIRE

Started in 2014, in the first year Karl and the team fired almost 100 shows for a variety of clientele including Chelsea mid-fielder Eden Hazzard, The British Army and a number of others.

In 2015 the team were invited along to take part in their first Firework Champions event at Newby Hall and the crowd were so impressed with the variety of colour and effects that the team were awarded the win.

This year, they get the chance to defend their title at Capesthorne so visitors can see some truly innovative pieces first hand.

Display by: Karl Mitchell Shead
Firing system: FireByWire

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.

4th OF JULY IN THE UK

WHAT: 4th OF JULY IN THE UK
WHEN: SATURDAY 4TH JULY 2015
WHERE: ALL OVER THE WORLD
WHY: CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY (NOT THE WILL SMITH MOVIE)

As we all know, America is a BIG country and according to one US website, the population as we speak is around 325,000,000 this figure does not include the 6.3 million Americans based in other countries across the world.

In the 2011 census it estimates 177,000 American ex-pats reside in the UK. The majority of Americans based in the UK are Military personnel, the largest cluster based near to the R.A.F bases of Mildenhall & Lakenheath, make up almost 18% of the population of those areas. Although we speak the same language, (sort of) there are many differences between the two nations.

Many Americans believe you can only purchase fireworks in the UK in November and for New Year’s Eve, definitely not the case as we sell fireworks every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day.

A recent survey of what Americans like about the UK threw up some surprising results. The top ten things liked were:

1. Our accent: American’s simply LOVE the British Accent (even when it’s pure Yorkshire).

2. Hospitality: It may be the case that the further north you travel, and the better you will be welcomed, Yorkshire folk are world-renowned for our friendliness.

3. Sincerity: Americans who vacate to the UK, have the impression we are a shy, quiet race, stiff upper lip and all that, but happily find that is not the case, if you receive a compliment from a Brit, you can be sure that it’s genuine.

4. “Gun culture” or lack of it: Firearm related deaths in the US at present number around 33,000 in the UK it is just 68, don’t bring your guns with you, you won’t need them here.

#EpicFireworks #KimKardashian #BreakTheInternet

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5. Humour: Our sense of humour is on the list at number 5, which was a surprise; I didn’t think they got it…

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6. History: Americans love history and what they find incredulous is that in most of the UK there are buildings in villages that outdated the age their country!

7. Royal ties: “Have you met the Queen” was a question I was asked more than once in my time there. Americans love our Royal family just as much as we do.

8. Europe: Links to Europe which was number eight on the list. When you consider that in the US, the territory is so vast they have 6 time zones (counting Hawaii & Alaska) it amazes them that they can be in Paris, France in 2hr 15 minutes whereas in some parts of America it can take you that to get to the next town!

9. Grocery stores: If you have ever been in a Walmart or similar in the US you will have noticed, they are massive. On average, a Walmart store will have 197,000 square feet of retail heaven, some as big as 260,000 square feet, the average for the UK is 2,400 square feet. So it was a shock to learn they prefer our smaller outlets and find them more homely.

Save a fortune with #EpicFireworks :)

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10. And finally Bonfire night and fireworks: The laws regarding fireworks in the UK are a lot less severe than in the USA. For example, US fireworks are limited to 500 grams of powder, whereas some of our bigger barrages contain over three times that amount. Our Awaken boasts 1.8 Kg of high quality 1.3G powder. (Please note – If you are resident in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey or New York, fireworks are banned to the general public).  

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In fact, there are very few states that have as relaxed laws as we do. We are able to let off fireworks any day of the year between 7am and 11pm with extensions on certain nights such as New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and bonfire night.

Although we cannot export to the US, we regularly get requests to supply Americans over here for various occasions from weddings to birthdays and of course the fabulous forth. So, why not make the best of the time while you are here so when your friends tell you of their 4th of July experiences, just remind them how powerful the pyro is over here, and literally blow them away.

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