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Back issues

Issue 51

Issue 51

sponsored by Celtic Fireworks

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  • Profile of Horace Hutchings - 51 years working for Pain’s Fireworks - John Bennett
  • Rare Survivors - Mark Fleming tells the remarkable story of how a bag of fireworks survived from 1948
  • Thomas Hammond & Sons - Mike Thomson completes his impressive history of a remarkable firm
  • How it all started for Ron Lancaster - when regulators were our friends


The Future of Fireworks in Europe - threats and prospects - Frans Arntz prophesies

CARTOONS by Sturtz; ILLUSTRATIONS of Hammond’s, Pain’s and other firework dummies in colour and colour display pictures from the best firework photographers; LETTERS; ROUND UP of news and information


  • The very last Antipodean Jottings - sadly it’s the end for Barry Sturman’s entertaining column
  • UK Firework Awards - who were the best performing in 2006? - Pyro Pete tells us
  • Firework Champions at Stanford Hall - fully illustrated in colour
  • Festival of Fireworks - Natasha Webb went to Shugborough
  • Fireworks in Malta - with amazing colour pictures
  • World Rocket Launch Record - it succeeded and Roy Lowry and Glenn Plume tell us how
  • British Firework Trade Conference - John Bennett was there
  • Changes in British Firework Championships - regional heats - Jim Winship has the details
  • Maintaining Discipline in High Energy Situations - Jack Drewes has information

REGULARS: John Woodhead’s news from the BFA; News from the BPA covered by Chris Pearce; The EIG report comes from Martin Guest

INCLUDED: Local authorities try to stop displays; Fireworks in Northern Ireland; Are you committing an offence by firing in your back garden? Illegal fireworks killing the legitimate Indian companies; Cracker string record; Brothers start up in UK; Enschede; Pyro Directive details - and UN Default Classification; William John Harrison, Pyrotechnist; The Evans Collection

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