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Issue Date:- 06 October 2008

The British Musical Fireworks Championships 2008

IT was a blast at this year’s British Musical Fireworks Championships, entitled the "Champion of Champions" from 3 October to 5 October 2008. This was the 10th Anniversary of what is now regarded as one of the best-synchronised display competitions in the UK. Each show lasted approximately 16 to 18 minutes, each night, judged by professional and lay judges. The sparkling displays of colour this year were performed by the best of all the professional UK firework companies and teams, who have competed at this event. The teams on the first two nights braved very bad conditions setting up and firing, with wind restricting the displays and making the set up hard going. Most of the teams started their set-up from 6am on the day they were due to fire, often lasting until 5pm that night with last minute fixing and adjustments running right up to firing... The worst weather hit on the Saturday, with not one, but three magnificent displays illuminating the dark and very damp night. Sadly, the bad weather put many people off on the Saturday, but all who came to it were treated to not one, not even the normal two displays, but this time three teams blasted the rain away. The marks were adjusted to take into account the poor conditions on both Friday and Saturday nights, as Sunday was to reveal a remarkable change in the weather conditions. Even the set up conditions for the teams were better, as they laid out their displays under a pure blue sky. As the night fell, despite the cold, the two teams due to fire kept an eye on the clouds building in the distance, but the wind that had plagued the other two nights displays and the driving rain held off. The result was truly outstanding with Southport's skyline illuminated and magnificent reflections falling across the now still Marine Lake. Even Pen Dragon Fireworks managed to release their small hot air balloon lights into the virtually still air. By the end of Sunday, a Champion had been revealed in what had been such a close competition, with such dazzling and memorable entertainment for all ages. The winner was declared on Sunday night as Jubilee Fireworks, who blasted away the competition with a truly remarkably timed performance on the Sunday night. Also, for the pyrotechnic fans, they used Fire One to synchronise their winning display. To find out more about this truly stunning event please go to the BMFC media sponsor's website, (Champion Newspaper) and find out the full results and more.  We have also put a video of the winning team's display on our TV site, Southport.TV for you to watch. It was a magnificent way to tie in with European Capital Of Culture Year in Liverpool and shows that no matter what the conditions, this event will never stop amazing the spectators. Well done to Sefton MBC for organising this event and to all the teams who took part. Keep a close eye on the media to see more about next year’s British Musical Fireworks Championships. An event that no one should miss!

British Musical Fireworks Championships Roll of Honour:-

1999 Jubilee Fireworks
2000 Northern Lights Fireworks
2001 Northern Lights Fireworks
2002 Spitfire Pyrotechnics
2003 Spitfire Pyrotechnics
2004 Allstar Fireworks
2005 Westcoast Fireworks
2006 Festival Fireworks
2007 Phoenix Fireworks
2008 Jubilee Fireworks - "Champion of Champions"

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