In April 2006, five teams descended on the Woodman
pub near Ongar to contest the second St George's Day Fireworks Competition.
They were armed with no more than £500 retail value of consumer
fireworks each and challenged by strict rules including no fuse
modifications. The results really do show how it is possible for
the general public to stage near professional shows using high street
fireworks. Enjoy the five teams, each showcased with full video
And even more pyro, from the professional teams
that rounded off the evening.
Check out the Extras section too for some nice surprises!!
St George Reloaded was a great success and was
a day that I am very proud to have been a part of. To top off what
was a most enjoyable day, the event was also voted 2nd Best Event
of the Year in the UK Firework Awards. Now I know that the majority
of the votes have come from UKFR, but I also know that those people
attend most events during the year so it's humbling for all involved
that they viewed our efforts so highly.
When I first proposed this in 2004 I wanted to show
just how good Category 3 fireworks could be. I was sick of leaning
out my window at home watching people setting off fireworks not
only in a boring fashion, but in a dangerous way as well. I feel
that between us over the last few years we have taken Cat 3 fireworks
to a higher level, and shown that they can provide a spectacular
display. We have shown what Jo Public could do with £500 and
I think you would agree the results are magnificent. Thanks to all
those that competed at Stanford Hall for their inspiration.
I can't thank enough those people who have formed
themselves into teams and then gone about creating such magnificent
entertainment. It involves time, effort and money; the names of
those involved have been published in the reports of the event.
I must also acknowledge those companies that have supplied the pyrotechnics
at a very decent price to take the sting out of it for the teams.
On top of this monumental effort I have had the
support of so many people and companies in making each event even
more spectacular by providing professional Cat 4 and special effects
In no particular order I would like to acknowledge
the following people:
Peter the landlord of The Woodman for his unwavering
support for the event, our thoughts are with him and his family
as he battles cancer.
Mike (Mike40) and Skydazzle Fireworks for supplying
the PA and to Mike for being the compare for the evening and for
supplying a magnificent trophy for the last three years.
Jason and Byron Mayes of Flashpoint Fireworks for
their company's participation each year. Particular thanks goes
to Jason who being a designer has provided me with professional
artwork for the event.
Stuart Hutcheson and Spyrotechnics, again for their
supplying of displays for the event. I also have to thank Stuart
for assisting me in sorting out the firing lists and costing, his
knowledge of Cat 3 fireworks is unparalleled.
Mat Lawrence of MLE whose company provided a breathtaking
musical display and who has once again agreed to fire a display
for the 2007 event.
Alistair Vardey of the FX Forge, who along with
Jeff (Ambientskies), Julian (RocketRev) and a team of stuntmen and
women, created a fantastic show featuring Dr Who as its theme. Particular
thanks goes to Jeff who over the last two years (being my nearest
UKFR neighbour) has always been there to help out when needed and
is never shy of throwing himself into things 100% notwithstanding
his long standing illness.
Paul Cook has each year been our good 'Sparks' and
has lit the arena and provided much needed safety equipment.
Thanks to Mike (Mikebang) of Brighton Fireworks
and Marcus (Shedman) for sorting out the Mascleta.
And a big thanks to all those guys and gals for
their fire display at half time, and those people who provided security
for the event.
Final thanks go to Mrs Meggsy who has to put up
with my going on about it all the time and the endless phone calls.
If I've missed anyone send me a stinking message
and I will get Pete to amend it.
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