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PENDRAGON STORMS THROUGH IN FIRST WELSH NATIONAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS

May 2007

Pendragon Fireworks from Newport has won the first ever Welsh National Firework Championships and a place in the final of the British Firework Championships in Plymouth this summer (August 14/15).

A stunning display of fireworks was watched by a crowd of several thousand who packed into Chepstow Racecourse on 5th May to watch the Welsh championship, which involved three displays by professional firework companies. Those involved were Westcoast Fireworks, Celebration Fireworks and Pendragon.

The event, the first heat to be launched by The Event Services Association in support of the British finals, is now expected to become an annual bank holiday event in Chepstow. There are also plans to expand the event next year with more entertainments. This year's programme included live performances by local bands, including former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable's new band Killing for Company. There was also a fun-fair and catering on site.

Says TESA Director Jim Winship; "This was an excellent start to something we hope will grow into a major 'wow' event for south Wales - it certainly has all the elements needed to do so and we have plans to expand it quite substantially in 2008.

"As a first heat for the British Firework Championships, now in their 11th year, it was excellent and the displays were tremendous. Coupled with the first Scottish National Firework Championships, which take place on May 26, this has been a great starting point for building a complete programme of heats in 2008.

"We already have one venue lined up in England for 2008, and we are currently looking for two more, in the north and south east of England."

The professional judges at Chepstow were firework consultant Bill Davis (WAD Services) and event organiser Mike Richmond ((Richmond Event Management). Local judges included David Davies MP and Gerry Keighley, editor of the South Wales Argus

Details of all this year's events can be found at www.britishfireworks.co.uk

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