British Musical Fireworks
Photographs by Patrick
THIS year's British Musical
Fireworks Championships took place over 3 October to 5 October
2014, in Victoria Park, in
Southport, Merseyside. Each night had Simon Smithies introducing
the teams to a massive audience of firework fans, who
had travelled from all over the UK and some even further to see
the shows. In total, 7 of the UK's best pyrotechnic
groups fired over the 3 nights, trying to perfectly synchronise
their displays to their chosen music. All the teams did
amazing presentations of their skills, but sadly, in the words
of the film 'Highlander', "There can only be one" and this
year's winner was Smart Pyrotechnics who fired on Saturday
night. Coming in a close 2nd was Gala Fireworks and in 3rd
place was Allstar Fireworks. But it was not just the teams
taking part who entertained one of the largest attendances
yet: this despite the weather! A new pre-show was blasted into
the sky, in the form of a Daylight fireworks display from
Jubilee Fireworks Ltd. Plus entertainment was also given by
local bands which played to the masses in-between the
Daylight Show and the Competition Displays. Congratulations to
all the teams and also to Sefton Council, who organised
it. Plus a big thank you to St Jon Ambulance, Willow Catering
and Showsec, to name just a few who helped to make this
event a success. The other teams who had taken part where:-
Classic Fireworks, Distant Thunder Fireworks and Solihull
Firework. Please enjoy Part 1 of our photographic coverage of
this event by clicking on
here, plus we will have more in
next week's issue as well... If you attended, we would love to
know what you thought of the event, email us to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know! We are uploading a
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Ambulance Strike Action
THE North West Ambulance Service on 10 October 2014 have said in a press
release that:- "During Ambulance Strike Action on Monday, between the
hours of 7am and 11am, on 13 October 2014, our Patient Transport Service will
ONLY be available for those with renal, oncology and paediatric appointments.
Patients attending other outpatient appointments are advised to contact their
clinic to check the appointment is still going ahead as there will be NO patient
transport service during that time; even for those who have already booked."
This action comes following a an official ballot of 22,000 GMB members in
the NHS in England and Northern Ireland. The result was 78% in favour of strike
action and 91% in favour of action short of a strike with a turnout of 23%.
Further action short of a strike the rest of that week. The GB have called the
strike after rejecting 1% unconsolidated offer for 2014, with a further 1%
unconsolidated offer in 2015. Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public
Services, said in a public statement:- "Nobody in
the NHS wants to go on strike, but the anger and frustration of the workforce
with the cavalier treatment by government and employers towards them has spilled
over into industrial unrest. The GMB is open to talks with the UK Government and
Employers, but unless there is some meaningful change, our members will go on
Strike! This will be followed by an overtime ban in the Ambulance Service over
14 October to 17 October, and for the same period a 'work your paid hours'
instruction for the rest of the NHS. Should this deadlock continue, we will plan
further periods of action through the Autumn and Winter. GMB members have spoken
loud and clear, so it is imperative that Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State,
meets the staff side unions as a matter of urgency."
Let us know if this action affects you or if you are taking part in it.
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