The Countdown Continues for the annual British Musical Fireworks Championship in Southport

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The Countdown Continues

Final preparations are being put into place for the annual British Musical Fireworks Championship held in Southport.

Due to the £5.5 million revamp of Southport’s King’s Gardens, the event has relocated to Victoria Park, home of the Southport Flower Show.

Seven world class pyrotechnic companies will fight to win the much coveted title during three nights of fabulous fireworks in October.   The new venue will see some great improvements to the annual championships and also allows for more new innovative displays from the competitors – so expect some surprises!

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As ever, the rules remain the same, displays will be performed and synchronised to a wide selection of music from classical to chart favourites. Each dazzling display will last around 20 minutes.   The competition begins on Friday, October 4, with a performance from Komodo Fireworks, the reigning champions, who will set the evening off with a bang. They will be followed by Cumbria based Pyroartistry.

Saturday, October 5, welcomes three wonderful competitors all making their debuts – Sirotechnics, followed by Jonathans Fireworks and Sandling Fireworks.   The final evening, Sunday, October 6, hosts displays from Fuse Fireworks with a finale from Dragon Fireworks who close the competition and the winner will be announced on the Visit Southport website.   New for this year, visitors to the show will also be able to have their say on which display was their favourite in the People’s Choice Award. In addition to the competition winner, this award will be chosen by the fans and presented to the winning company a week later.

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Votes can be cast via the visitsouthport website, Southport Fireworks Facebook page or through the free to download iPhone and Android phone app. Just search British Musical Fireworks and the app should appear.   Cllr Ian Maher, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Tourism, said: “Seven magnificent firework displays are set to dazzle the crowds as part of three days of family entertainment.   “As the event has switched to Victoria Park it promises to add a new dimension to the displays which can only benefit the championship.

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“Please get your tickets early and watch some of the best pyrotechnic companies in the UK light up the skies of Southport to some memorable music.” Advanced tickets for Friday and Sunday are £5 and £7 for Saturday. Gate tickets are £7 for Friday and Sunday and £9 for Saturday. Visitors to the event can also purchase a weekend ticket to make sure they see all seven displays for £15. Children under 5 are free.   For further information go to the Visit Southport website or call 01704 533333.

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