Fireworks contest in Plymouth will see six past champions fight it out
THE most explosive date in the city’s calendar is gearing up for its best ever year.
The British Fireworks Championships will see the winners from the past six years battle it out in a ‘champion-of-champions’ showdown.
The internationally renowned event will light up Plymouth’s skies on August 14 and 15.
It is among a host of sizzling summer events including this weekend’s Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival, the Plymouth’s Classic Boat Rally and the Port of Plymouth Regatta. The events run from tomorrow to Sunday.
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Other reasons to be cheerful include Flavour Fest from August 17 to 19, and the Marine City Festival from September 8 to 16.
Hosted by The Event Services Association (TESA) in partnership with Plymouth City Council, the fireworks championships is one of the biggest annual displays put on by professional firework companies in the UK.
Tens of thousands of people will head to the Hoe for the two evenings of family entertainment, each culminating in three spectacular displays.
More than four tonnes of fireworks will go off with a bang as top pyrotechnic firms go head-to-head for the coveted national title.
Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “The British Firework Championships have been held in Plymouth ever since they started 16 years ago and we are really proud to host the event.
“Our stunning waterfront provides the perfect backdrop and you can’t beat the Hoe as a vantage point. Families are guaranteed a great evening out – and with the last six winners competing together, this year’s displays should be some of the best yet.”
Star Fireworks from Bracknell in Berkshire will open the competition on the Tuesday, followed by Phoenix Fireworks from Wrotham in Kent and MLE Pyrotechnics from Daventry in Northamptonshire.
On Wednesday it will be the turn of Selstar Fireworks from Chichester in West Sussex, Pendragon Fireworks from Cwmbran in South Wales and Jubilee Fireworks from Kingswinford in the West Midlands.
The multi-storey car park behind the National Marine Aquarium and the nearby Barbican lock gate will be open until 11pm. Most city centre car parks will be open until midnight, but the council is advising the public to use public transport and park and ride wherever possible. An extended parking area will be available on the Hoe promenade for blue badge holders, but spaces will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
Special park and ride services are being provided for the event by First, who will be running regular buses from the George Junction, Milehouse and Coypool on both nights.