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2 September 2009

Phoenix Triumph in Plymouth

Phoenix Fireworks won the 13th annual British Firework Championships in Plymouth on 11th & 12th August. Firing second on the first night, Phoenix narrowly beat Celebration Fireworks into second place whilst Skyburst The Firework Company came third. The displays were dazzling and the crowd’s reaction told you all you needed to know about how much they were enjoyed.

Once again, tens of thousands of Plymouth residents and holidaymakers enjoyed the superb displays which have become an integral part of Plymouth Summer Festival’s entertainment programme.

The first day was dry and bright and the light sea breeze made for perfect setting-up conditions for the first night’s teams (Dragon Dynasty, Phoenix and Skyburst). Conditions on the second day were not quite so good, but only a couple of very light showers developed to make life slightly more difficult for the second night teams of Vulcan Fireworks, Celebration and Highlight Pyrotechnics.

The competition was hot and each display was specially designed for the occasion.

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Ken Foster, awarded the perpetual trophy to Martin Coffin, principal of the winning team. He also awarded a crystal trophy to Jon Mellen of last years’ winners Pendragon Fireworks.

The Plymouth City Council hospitality and presentation ceremony was held at the Mount Batten Water Sports Centre.

The event adjudicator was Avril Wright, ably assisted by husband Phil. The judges, who this year took to the water in a pleasure-boat to view the displays, were: Bill Deeker (consultant, Pains Fireworks), Mike Richmond (Richmond Event Management), Andy Cotton (TAO Productions), Bill Martin (Plymouth Herald), Victoria Ford (Heart FM) and Councillor Glenn Jordan (Plymouth City Council).

An impressive funfair and catering units were sited on Plymouth Hoe and did brisk business on both nights.

The Plymouth branch of the Parkinson’s Disease Society raised in excess of £2,000 for their funds by selling programmes, donated by TESA, on both nights.

It is hoped that 2010 will see the return of regional heats, with the winners of each qualifying for the final in Plymouth. TESA is currently looking for partners to work with on heats, which would provide an exciting finale to an existing event. If you would like to take advantage of the extra publicity your event could attract by being a part of the British Firework Championships, contact Kevin Minton on 01291 636335, email

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