Fire works its magic
THOUSANDS of visitors enjoyed more stunning displays at the 2018 British Musical Fireworks Championship over three nights at Victoria Park.
This year’s title was won in glorious style by Illusion Fireworks Ltd, from Oxfordshire, the third to fire on Saturday.
Saturday’s show was completely sold out.
But there was some disappointment for fireworks fans as the opening display on Sunday evening, Rainbow Fireworks, was not judged due to having to stop before the end.
A spokesman for Sefton Council tourism department, which organises the popular event, said: “Due to the weather conditions during the first display on Sunday evening we made the decision to stop the display and cancel the event.
“The safety of our customers is our priority and the competition clerk felt that with the change in wind direction and speed, the conditions were no longer suitable to carry on with the competition.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to tonight’s competitors Rainbow Fireworks and Distant Thunder Fireworks and the five competitors over the previous two nights who have been outstanding.”
The judges awarded second place to Blitz Fireworks, the first to fire on Saturday, while third place went to Phenomenal Fireworks Ltd, the second to fire on Friday.
For the first time, an innovation award was presented, to Illusion Fireworks Ltd for the creativity shown during its display.
Spectators were delighted to see Illusion crowned 2018 winners.
Writing on the British Musical Fireworks Championship Facebook page, Jo Barton said: “Congratulations to the winners. Excellent display. Lovely use of colour and variety of different fireworks.”
Pete Kirtland said: “Totally agree with the result. Just a shame all the teams didn’t get to fire but safety first.
“Well done Illusion Fireworks Ltd – amazing display.”
Lots of visitors were impressed with the event as a whole,
Shellz Crawshaw said: “We travelled all the way from West Yorkshire to attend. What an absolutely brilliant show. I didn’t know what to expect but I was blown away! Will definitely be back next year!”
Many people sympathised with Rainbow Fireworks, which had launched into an impressive display before it was stopped for safety reasons.
Judi Roberts said: “Don’t think it’s fair that Rainbow Fireworks weren’t judged despite firing 90% of the display and from what I saw they were very worthy contenders.
“All those months of planning gone up in smoke – literally.”
Mike Shovel Webber, of Illusion, said: “A very brave decision to stop the shows on Sunday night and it wasn’t a choice made lightly.
“Congratulations to the organisers for putting the safety of the general public first and foremost.
“All of us within the industry were gutted it had to stop but it was the right decision.”
Local bands also provided entertainment