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THE UK CELEBRATES THE START OF THE FESTIVE SEASON WITH FIREWORKS

Fireworks for both Christmas and New Year celebrations have really taken off since the upsurge in sales for the millennium. Seventeen years on and their popularity continues to grow.

This year sees three of the largest cities in Great Britain celebrating Christmas with fireworks. The Christmas Spectacular show is taking part at three venues as follows:

WEDNESDAY 20th DECEMBER 2017 – MANCHESTER

FRIDAY 22nd DECEMBER 2017 – GLASGOW

SATURDAY 23rd DECEMBER 2017 – BIRMINGHAM

They will all be holding a Christmas Spectacular including incredible classical music and accompanied by orchestra accompanying fantastic singers, excerpts from such beautiful compositions as La
Boheme and the Nutcracker suite and familiar favourite carols to sing along with.

The fireworks are indoor so technically stage pyrotechnics but beautiful nonetheless.

Get along to your local theatre for a pre-Christmas treat to remember.

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.