Sky Monkeys had the daunting task of firing first. After
a suitable build up over the PA and a countdown from the
crowd, they opened with a very apt screech-bang salvo which
any firework enthusiasts in the audience would have associated
with the infamous "Sky Monkey" firework.
Following this was a beautifully executed candle fan which
saw pretty yellow stars cross each other over the firing
area. This type off effect, created by multiple small bore
candles, is widely used by professional displayers. From
yellow then to blue, as fish effects dissolved in the air
leaving blue stars behind them.
Time now to increase the noise level with the first big-bore
bangs of the display. Blue stars exploded to bright crackling
clouds, leaving the blue star to shoot off in a random direction.
You can see this lovely effect in the pictures below.
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As the crackling clouds stopped, coloured comets followed,
creating a column of glitter and various effects at the
top of this - the screeching and banging from the opening
salvo was still going at this point too! The crackling theme
then returned this time with crackling comets launching
upwards to maintain the level of noise, then joined above
this by clouds of gold glitter. Then there was a pause which
lasted a little too long and the crowd started to clap,
but this was cut short by the launch of silver glitter comets
and very loud bangs, taking Sky Monkeys into the second
phase of their display.
After making a suitably large amount of noise, the team
used another pro-like effect with bigger bore candles angled
across the firing area to give a fan of brilliant breaks
of gold and silver glitter, going then up another gear to
supplement this in the centre with coloured mine sequences.
As impressive as this looked, things just got better with
the addition of coloured crossettes and this section was
easily on par with some pro displays I have seen - and all
with category three fireworks!
Bright fans of magnesium comets lit up the hall and the
spectators before an artistic return to the yellow fan sequence,
which added symmetry to the whole display. Another barrage
of noise and colour then, with crackles at ground level
and big breaks of glitter above. To quicken the pace a number
of other effects were then thrown in, filling the area above
their display with a wonderful sequence of continuous colour
This sequence consolidated into a barrage of well coordinated
red and blue effects accompanied by bright titanium salutes.
Red and blue were then replaced with green and mauve with
the pace steadily increasing towards the finale. This faded
slightly to be replaced by gold effects and then WHOOSH
a big eruption of red which flooded the hall in an eerie
crimson light before an explosion of noise at its peak.
A few stragglers from the gold cake out-stayed their welcome
at the end before giving way to silence then well deserved
applause from the crowd.
Well done Sky Monkeys for a brilliant display. Perhaps
more than any other competitor, Sky Monkeys used imagination
with simple components such as small bore candles and from
these made dynamic sequences.