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Date:- 08 October 2007

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The Ninth British Musical Fireworks Championships
 
 
THIS year we had the usual great entertainment from six competitors, two on Friday, 5 October 2007, two on Saturday, 7 October 2007 and two on Sunday. What an excellent show they each put up. Some were absolutely mind-boggling, while others were excellent; so we had a show on each evening, which was musically, and artistically stunning. Even the weather on both Friday and Saturday was perfect for firework display. On the Sunday, under heavy cloud, an inconsequential light breeze wafted the smoke towards Morrison's Supermarket, the thousands of spectators, who eagerly awaited the displays, were not at any time disappointed. The commentator, Simon Smithies, kept the show moving with a very knowledgeable series of commentaries. The annual Education session was very interesting, even to those who have heard it before and the warning about safety concerning buying and using Fireworks at home was most apt.

Each evening, on the Marine Lake, we were entertained by past competition winners and the British Fireworks Champion of Champions, Jubilee Fireworks, to an enchantingly magical 'Son et Lumiere' using the most advanced computerised firing system, 'Fire One'. This new pyro-presentation, entitled 'Lake of Dreams', used the lake's reflections of the fireworks to enhance the visual subtle effects and low level illuminations, which held many spellbound. It was a real proof that water and fire can be mixed!

'Festival Fireworks UK'
, from Sussex, were the first to fire on Friday. They set a very high standard for the others to follow. They are the only importer of fireworks manufactured in China with an ISO accreditation. Their display was absolutely stunning from beginning to end. They were followed by a very enthusiastic and fast growing six years old company called 'Pyromania Displays'. They put on an excellent reply to the previous team, but were not quite able to put Festival Fireworks totally into the shade. A stunning beginning to the competition now signalled that there was a great battle to come.

So to Saturday, as the skies darkened, the crowds poured into the Lake Park with anticipation. The two companies competing were 'Anytime Fireworks' and 'G-Force Fireworks'. 'Anytime Fireworks' took part in this competition in 1999, and like all the teams they have a very dedicated pyro crew. They continued to emulate the achievements of the previous night with a colourful and cheerful display, which incorporated a rousing finale. 'G-Force Fireworks' with a well choreographed and imaginative offering, continued the evening's entertainment. The crowd left well satisfied with the night's entertainment.

The final night's show, Sunday, began with grand expectations and excitement gleaned from the previous two evenings' displays. The crowd was not disappointed. 'Essex Pyrotechnics', who are one of the largest designers and manufacturers of display fireworks, as well as importing them, did not disappoint the crowd. Their show was well designed and exciting. They had made an excellent attack upon the title. However the crowd waited with baited breath for the final team's contribution. 'Phoenix Fireworks', who have a 35 year Safety Record, started out with a spectacular opening. They put on a magnificent display of music combined with colour and special effects, which excited the crowds of spectators. The show was over and the spectators departed, well satisfied and looking forward to next year's competition.

It is sad to note that with such complex firing systems some gremlins are likely to occur. Unfortunately for a few teams this problem occurred, affecting some more than others. But as one of the teams said:- "It is a competition and with pyrotechnics, sometimes things do go wrong. It would not be a challenge if they did not go wrong from time to time. The fun, and the challenge for all teams are to limit the chance of errors and keep the safety and display levels high. I think all the teams did this, this year."

It was a first class competition. It was a show, which truly, in all aspects entertained the crowds. Well done and thank you to all the teams who competed, to the supporting personnel and to the sponsors.
 
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THE Post Office Workers are on strike once again, protesting about loss of 2,500 Post Offices and a reduction in weekday post box collections and no Sunday collections. They are also on strike due to low pay, loss of benefits and increasing retirement age from 60 to 65.
 
The CWU says that:- “Royal Mail senior management are insistent on driving through major changes across all postal services. This change will have a direct and negative impact on CWU members’ lives and ultimately the loyal services they provide to their clients. Unless an agreement is reached it will result in a less reliable service, later deliveries, and poor morale. This is what we do not want to happen for our members and for you the customers of Royal Mail and why our members are on strike.” A member of the CWU told us.

Another member quoted in their handout says:- “Postal workers are being asked to accept changes without any guarantee of recompense or job security from an intimidating employer.
 
The impact of changes will see massive cuts in services, resulting in the loss of around 40,000 postal jobs.”

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