Canada crowned fireworks champions for second year running
A team of master blasters from Canada have scooped first prize at Blackpool’s Fireworks Championships, making it two titles in a row for the country.
Quebec-based, Orion Fireworks, followed up last year’s victory by their fellow countrymen, Firemaster Productions, seeing off competition from teams from France and China with a spectacular display during week three of this year’s championships.
The team’s success was announced on Friday night as Great British pyrotechnic team, Titanium, put on a spectacular show to close the championships.
The free annual events are among the most popular features in Blackpool’s exciting calendar, featuring jaw-dropping displays – synched to music – from some of the most talented and technically gifted fireworks engineers in the world and attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the Promenade each week.
This year, they also provided the perfect opportunity for thousands of people to see LightPool, Blackpool’s exciting new Las Vegas-style digital projection show on the front of Blackpool Tower.
The winner was chosen by a panel of local judges including Cllr Gillian Campbell, Peter Sedgewick, owner of Blackpool’s piers and Mrs Tchobanian from the Beach House. The contest this year is hosted in association with media partner Rock FM who provided entertainment at all four events for the tens of thousands in attendance.
Thanks to the Friends of Blackpool Tower Facebook page for this great clip
Teams from Canada, China and France have competed head-to-head in the 2015 fireworks championships in Blackpool.
A team from Canada, Firemaster Productions, put on an incredible display to scoop the prestigious prize last year, seeing off competition from finalists from Sweden and Austria.
And this year a team of their fellow countrymen, Feux D’Artifice Orion, will bid to take the title back to their homeland, pitting their pyrotechnic talents against China’s Tanghua Fireworks team and France’s Feerie team.
On September 11 China kicked things off before the French team took to the stage on September 18 and the Canadians made a bid to retain their title on September 25.
The winner will be announced during the exciting finale event on October 2 which features a display from the UK’s very own Titanium Fireworks team.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of local judges including Cllr Gillian Campbell, Peter Sedgewick, owner of Blackpool’s piers and Cheryl Tchobanian from The Beach House who are sponsoring and hosting the judging area again this year.
The fireworks will, as in previous years, be fired from North Pier with build up from 7.30pm and shows starting at 8.30pm.
This year, after every show, spectators will get an extra treat – Blackpool’s new LightPool project with a stunning projection show on the front of The Blackpool Tower in addition to the resort’s fantastic Illuminations display.
All displays and start times are subject to suitable weather conditions.
The event gathered together the crème de la crème of the world’s firework elite with a mouth-watering series of shows with jaw-dropping entertainment for all the family - and a great opportunity for visitors to take an extended weekend break.
Canadian master blasters Firemaster Productions have been named winners of Blackpool’s World Fireworks Championships 2014.
Blackpool hosts the World Fireworks Championship each year in September when tens of thousands of people make the trip to the resort each week to watch the amazing pyrotechnics light up the skies.
And as Great British pyrotechnic experts Titanium rounded off the annual spectacle on Friday 27 September, it was the French team who were crowned victors.
Jean-Charles Audoubert (pictured right) was part of the winning team and described their art as a theatrical performance.
Take a look at this short video of the finale, with thanks to our friends at MediaFilms.
The FREE annual event is held centrally on Blackpool promenade on Tower Festival Headland each September, with great views to be had from central and north pier.
All along the seafront of the Fylde Coast, subject to exactly where you are on the slight inwards and outwards undulation, the streams and sparkles can be seen high in the air, bringing people outside onto the seafront and balconies to watch, as far away as Cleveleys seafront.
The event brings the best of the worlds firework experts together and is another great free event from the north west seaside town.
If you live locally it's a great chance to come into town in the evening and enjoy a stroll in the still warm evening air before autumn sets in, and a bag of chips with a disposable fork - they taste so much better that way!
If you fancy visiting Blackpool for a short stay why don't you make the Fireworks Championships the weekend when you come to visit? There's so much to see and do, whatever the weather, you can be sure of a great time.
Remember to keep an eye on the Events Calendar- each of the dates is listed individually, along with hundreds of other things to do on the Fylde Coast
Some of your great photos:
Canadian World Fireworks Championships Winners for 2014 - Firemaster Productions
Focus Pyro with their winning trophy in 2013
Fireworks off Blackpool north pier
Blackpool Firework Championships
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