Been a while since I did one of these write-ups
but here it is, wedding no2.
All the usual happened; I was told we had a small
(ahem) show coming up for a wedding. I was picked up by Gren and
off he drove up on high into the hills to a farm house, where a
large marquee had been set up as the main venue, outside were some
of the guests enjoying a game of cricket with a 10 gallon barrel
as the stumps.
We drove on down further into the field and pulled
up by Pete's car where upon I promptly jumped out ready for action.
Straight around to the back of the van I rushed ready to unload
a selection of small gear and get ready to fuse up the shells, I
opened the door
eh this is a 5" fan rack??? What's going
on here this is supposed to be a small show, what's this a box of
3" Maltese multi breaks, is this tomorrow's van load ready
for something they haven't told me about "ere do you want all
this out or are they for something else" I said rather confused.
Five inch racks
No unload them they are for this show was the answer,
excellent was the only thing that was going through my mind. So
we started unloading the gear. What the chuff a 6" tube lay
before me so I pulled it out and all of a sudden (queue shocker)
aagghhh I was set upon by an 8" tube with a box next to it
clearly labelled 8" brocade crown. This had gone from setting
up a few small shells and cakes for a decent show, to all of a sudden
jumping up a rather large gear to include some rather impressive
Main shell racks
Pete with a multibreak
The set up commenced without a hitch 3 racks of
blockbusters (hate them they hate me suicidal gits) a nice piece
of lance work for the happy couple, a few 19 shot barrages the large
silver whirlwind cat4 cake, a great western fancake and one of the
monster kimbolton 150 shot cakes Thunder rain, also one of my leftovers
from the last new year bash shoguns X cake.
Yours truly with the lancework
The front row
Down an eight inch tube
Great Western fan cake.
More shell racks
The shells were all loaded and racks secured nothing
left to do except visit the marquee and see big Dave in action this
time as barman extraordinaire (due to it being a family wedding)
instead of setting up and letting rip.
The nice view
Mingled about a bit got to see what was going on
and enjoyed the music for a while all the time waiting to fire and
what would you know, I bumped into an old school teacher (cant go
anywhere these days) the sun set and Mars came up it was one of
those things that you remember for the rest of your life. Atop a
hill in the middle of nowhere waiting to let rip with explosives
and Mars is just staring at you.
Firing time came so we made our way back to the
fireworks to get geared up. Gren donned his terminator attire whilst
Pete and I removed covers from the fireworks.
I had my camera at the ready for the ground zero
pics I was after portfires were lit and the show commenced.
Red to blinker bengals filled the field with an
eerie red glow turning to a blinding strobe effect as the lance
work fired into life, a lovely red heart with angled gold fountains
on either side brought on the aahhhss from the crowd.
As this burnt for a while Pete moved on to the
first cake up went the first few shots to a cheer from the crowd
whilst I frantically tried to snap the pics I was after. BOOM the
first set of shells left their mortars, I looked up waiting for
the breaks my heart was pounding waiting for the sound BOOM as they
broke "I was in heaven again" id been waiting to hear
that sound for a long time. Things moved on a blockbuster rack was
lit and I moved away rather sharply me and blockbusters aren't very
keen on each other and with them being explosive I tend to let them
have the upper hand and keep away 8). Well the camera was snapping
away wildly I had no idea if any would come out but just kept on
snapping anyway, and an airbomb barrage started knocking chunks
out of the sky as the shells wowed the audience these triple breaks
were far better than the run of the mill shells and made for an
excellent show. Gren shouted to Pete how many racks he had left
so it was time to move onto the bigger cakes ready for the finale.
Under the Great Western
Wobbly camera shot
Me being ground zero mad missed it all whilst trying
to get a shot of the thunder rain cake firing and what a result
I got as you can tell by the pic . I got as close as I dared because
this thing aint tame took the shots just in time to look up and
catch the heart shells breaking, as the thunder rain was going mad
the 6" went up and then on to the 8" BOOOM as the shell
left after shaking you to the bone up up and up then it just filled
the sky right above my head with stunning golden trails with a circular
centre of golden stars doing their own thing superb.
Close up of Thunder Rain
Underneath a shell break
Crowd cheer huge grin on my face time to check tubes
and pack away, Id heard a rumour about free beer and didn't want
to hang around too long to see if it was true.
We got back to the marquee and the beer started
flowing everyone had enjoyed a lovely wedding capped off by some
outstanding pyro and a mad party afterwards.
Old school teachers
Me I just wanted to go home I had a big day ahead
of me the next day but had to wait for a lift home so I was happily
supplied with beer until id completely forgotten who I was and what
I was supposed to be doing the next day, aahh such is the life.
"I was arsed"
Thanks again to SKYBLAZERS FIREWORKS for
having me along again.
Return to main fireworks
Pictures and report courtesy Graham
Mann. Feature ©2003 UK Firework Review