Teams to battle for Fireworks title
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.
The 2017 British Musical Fireworks Championships in Southport