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British Musical Firework Championships

September 2005

Pyrotechnic experts from all over the country were in Southport this week to plan this year's British Musical Fireworks Championships and to face the challenges of a new venue.

Representatives from the six companies selected to battle it out in the championships later this year were in town to discuss in detail plans for the firework and musical extravaganza including the logistics of firing from the new site at Victoria Park.

This year's event on September 23, 24, and 25 will see 2004 winners Allstar Fireworks, of Middlesex, back to defend their title and the return of Manchester's Walk the Plank, who finished third.

The championships will also welcome four newcomers - Westcoast Firework Co, of Pembrokeshire; MLE Pyrotechnics, of Northants; Chester Pyrotechnics, of Cheshire and Bracknell Fireworks, Berkshire.

The six companies selected were drawn from a record 36 from throughout the country who applied to take part and all hope to take home the £3,000 prize money and trophy.

Lord Fearn, Sefton's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: "Once again we were pleased to welcome the competitors to the resort. They were here to discuss in detail the running of the event, the rules and regulations and judging criteria. They then went out to Victoria Park to see the new site so that they are all clear on the measures that have to be taken to ensure a spectacular and safe event."

On the Friday night Walk the Plank and Westcoast Firework Company will be competing and on the Saturday Allstar Fireworks and MLE Pyrotechnics will be lighting up the skies above Victoria Park. The championships will conclude with displays from Bracknell Fireworks and Chester Pyrotechnics. First reserve is Fireworx Scotland, from Aberdeenshire, and second is Firework Effects, of Wiltshire.

Last year an estimated 50,000 people turned out to watch the music and firework extravaganza and this year's new venue will give spectators even better views of the breathtaking displays.

The competitors taking part are given a free hand to choose any music they want and will be judged on the variety and impact of the fireworks as well as the way they are synchronized to music.

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