Fire works its magic

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visan­drew­brown

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

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