Teams to bat­tle for Fire­works ti­tle

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

THE Bri­tish Fire­works Cham­pi­onships re­turn to South­port this week­end, with seven teams bat­tling out to be crowned best in the coun­try.

Vic­to­ria Park will again play host to the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion, which sees the skies lit up with amaz­ing py­rotech­nics chore­ographed to the big­gest mu­si­cal hits.

Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors are ex­pected to at­tend the three-day event and will be treated to live per­for­mances from lo­cal bands be­fore the fire­works be­gin.

Dur­ing last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, more than two tonnes of ex­plo­sive ma­te­rial were used, with the to­tal weight of fire­works used in ex­cess of 10 tonnes. Each show re­quired around 5km of wire to con­nect up the elec­tri­cal cir­cuits and around 15 tech­ni­cians work­ing more than 12 hours to set up the dis­play.

Two teams will show­case their dis­plays on Fri­day, three on Satur­day and then two more on Sun­day with the win­ning dis­play an­nounced later that evening.

Gates open each night at 6pm, with bands per­form­ing from 7pm and fire­works dis­plays sched­uled to start at 8pm. Each show lasts 16-18 min­utes.

Cllr Mar­ion Atkin­son, Sefton Coun­cil’s Labour Cabi­net Mem­ber Re­gen­er­a­tion and Skills, said: “The Bri­tish Mu­si­cal Fire­works Cham­pi­onship re­ally is an amaz­ing event and one which has lit up the sky for nearly 20 years.

“It’s fes­ti­val of colour and light that would not be pos­si­ble with­out the con­tin­ued sup­port of Sefton Coun­cil.

“To cel­e­brate this years event we have in­cred­i­bly tal­ented lo­cal bands who will give thou­sands of spec­ta­tors a truly un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Crowds from all over the North West at­tend the event at Vic­to­ria Park and ticket sales have yet again been very strong in the lead up to this year’s event.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses re­ally ben­e­fit from the added foot­fall to the town over the week­end and I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing the qual­ity of dis­plays on show this time round.

“If you are think­ing of at­tend­ing please try and get tick­ets in ad­vance to avoid miss­ing out, Satur­day seated tick­ets have al­ready sold out.”

Tick­ets are on sale at vis­it­south­port. co.uk, start­ing at £7 for the Fri­day or Sun­day and £9 for the Satur­day. Tick­ets for the seated sec­tion are £20.

Park­ing is avail­able at Princes Park for £5 per car.

Gra­ham More­ton of Tar­leton Pho­tog­ra­phy

The 2017 Bri­tish Mu­si­cal Fire­works Cham­pi­onships in South­port

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