PLYMOUTH FIREWORK COMPETITION 2001

August 7th - 8th 2001

Mount Batten Breakwater, Plymouth Sound, UK

National Firework Championships

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This year the contestants were to be - Day 1: FIREKING, PAINS, JUBILEE FIREWORKS, and Day 2: SHELLSCAPE, PYRO 1 and HAPPY DRAGON.

Quote from Tom Smith - Umpire " more evenly matched competitors than ever before"

OK, OK, so it's April 2002 and the page has just gone up...what!! 

All my web pages have had just too many hits, this page here is just one of over a 100, all are photo rich so are real bandwidth busters, free webspace providers just do not like this and after a while I get evicted....so I re-locate the page and all is well for a while and then so on and so on.

Of late it has come to crisis point where all my time is just spent shifting sites from one free space to the next...so putting up a new site is not at the top of my list!!!

Hopefully all is now well at www.cyber-heritage.co.uk 

...So...here is the 2001 page, all my notes now seem unreadable as my shorthand of last August is now a foreign language, so the page is really just a general photo album with the briefest of text...

Lastly, all teams were very helpful, but the wind, drizzle and acres of polythene sheeting make meaningful photography of many set-p nigh in impossible...this explains why some teams have almost no photos, while others have lots......... also I may have mixed up some of the photos and linked them to the wrong teams!!...anyway, here we go.

 

Day 1

FIREKING

Fireking come from Woking in Surrey and had a 9 strong team. Their display consisted of about 25 different sequences, further consisting of 500-600 seperate items.

Their aim was to link an aquatic effect on the water, with a low aerial burst, brocade or kamuro, directly in the airspace over this water burst.

 

PAINS FIREWORKS

Pains from Whiteparish, Salisbury, had a 10 man team were aiming to produce a display with a strong structure, a journey through color and noise, with clearly divided sections.

Material came from Cabilier of Spain, and some pretty cool.."RELAMPA GOSS" rockets which give silent, flashing lightening effects, as well as other tried and trusted Pains rockets.

Pains had some pretty amazing...see above, single shot "star candle" devices, apparently from the film industry. These threw intensely bright magnesium light huge stars slowly!! yes...!! into the sky, quite stunning, the first time I had seen this. They also had a novel use for a waste skip.

Many of their gerbes and fountains  and mines, are quite small, yet when fired in batches, they look superb against the waters of the sound. These 3 shots give an overall view of the rig...1.....2....3

These 3 shots show their electrical firing system 1....2.....3 Pains also had some Crown Wheels, but the wind at the time of the display caused them to be dropped from the firing list.

JUBILEE FIREWORKS

Jubilee Fireworks from Kingswinford, Derbyshire had a team of 8 headed by Chris Pearce.  Established for 12 years, they were seeking to produce a display that was..

artistic, traditional, and arranged around colour sequences with clearly defined patterns, their being 14 different sequences.

Their main concern, and no doubt would be the same for all the competitors, was that the wind would distort the planned patterns.

Their largest shell, was 12 inch, that being the largest allowed by the rules.

Here is their set up...1....2.....3.......4

Chris made a "gestimate" at their display consisting of 800 shells, and 120 roman candles as well as 6  100 mm aqua shells.

Jubilee were using fibre glass mortar tubes and as he said in regard to the set up..."....it looks simple, but it's really complex (fuzing)"..I thought it looked complex from the start!

 

Day 2

SHELLSCAPE PYROTECHNICS

Shellscape Pyrotechnics come from Chesham, Bucks and had a team of 9 headed by Steve Ridgley and were founded in 1993.

Steve reckons on having 1,079 shells and mines together with 70 candles....as he said..."it's mostly a shell show."....but having said that one sequence consisted of 100 mines all in a straight line along the edge of the pier......(here also at left), (here also at left)

 

PYRO 1

John Finch`s "Pyro 1" from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, were last years winners. This year he had a team of 6.

His main plan was to have good colour sequences. Pyro 1 material consisted of Kimbolton candles, 600 shells, a few cakes and some Aqua shells.

Some of his sequences ere fired using a "chase" system along the front edge of the pier.

 

HAPPY DRAGON FIREWORKS

Phil Morley just has to be one of the most easy going and helpful guys in the pyro world, he always smiles and sees that his teams help me get a good photo- not to say that others aren't, but Phil really stands out.

Happy Dragon come from Emneth, Norfolk and this year had a team of 8.

Phil hoped that each sequence would be "artistically thrilling & exciting."

He had one sequence crating as he said " a mini Sydney Harbour bridge" in gerbes/fountains.

Here is their set up

How's this for a record length of tin foiled quick match.

Like many competitors, as well as really BIGGGGGG items, they also had some really quite small ones...1.....2...

 

  

The Results

 

FIRST:SHELLSCAPE PYROTECHNICS

 

SECOND: JUBILEE FIREWORKS 

 

THIRD:PYRO 1

 

PS. ONE THAT BLEW OUT THE BASE OF A MORTAR!!!

     A VIEW ALONG THE PIER

     I`M NOT SURE WHICH TEAM HAD THESE DINKY MINES!!!!

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