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British Musical Fireworks Championships 2009, Southport
Late in 2009, just six weeks before the championships, Flashpoint Fireworks received a call from the organisers of the British Musical Firework Championships asking if we could help them out and put on a 18 minute musical display because another team had pulled out at the last minute. After a couple of quick calls to colleagues Flashpoint Director, Jason Mayes, called them back and said yes!

Following on from their success, earlier that summer, at the Eastnor Castle Musical Firework Championships Flashpoint designers set about adding to this winning 10-minute firework display to come up with what they hoped would be a Championship winning display. Previously Flashpoint had used Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Two Tribes, Take That’s Greatest Day and Michael Jacksons Thriller, and the team decided to add The William Tell Overture and The Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire to complete the line-up.
With only a very short lead-time to source some material and design the additional musical tracks Flashpoint’s Director Jason Mayes set about the task. “Everyone wanted to go all out and try and win another competition in the same year but with only a few weeks to re-design a show, source materials we were really up against it”. The designs were sent and approved just a week and a half later, following that initial phone call.

The Flashpoint team set off for Southport the day before their display on the 10th October praying for good weather. The display site at Princes Park Southport meant the display would be set off from two sites. All the smaller fireworks were set along the lakeside and the larger display shells in a grass area the other side of an ornamental railway. This meant that there would be two teams working on the day that totalling twelve staff.

It was an early 7:30am start and the weather was forecast for showers most of the day. The teams set about rigging all the fireworks on both sites, which can be seen in the link above. It was a long, hard days rig but by 7:00pm all the fireworks had been and Flashpoint were ready to fire.
The display went very well, even to the critical eyes of the Flashpoint crew and there was great reaction from the audience. At the end of the weekend the judges gathered and deliberated on which display should win. All the teams then gathered in the Royal Clifton Hotel for the awards ceremony. After a pleasant, but tense wait Flashpoint were awarded first place. Everyone at Flashpoint Fireworks was delighted to win this award and be crowned British Musical Firework Champions 2009.

If you have a special event that would benefit from an amazing firework finale, please do not hesitate to contact us to see how we can help by using the contact form or calling 01483 417475.