REPORT THREE: PYRO 2000'S LARK IN THE PARK,
GREENHEAD PARK HUDDERSFIELD
Not as big and enthusiastic this one sorry folks.
I managed to get behind the scenes at a display
for an event in Greenhead park and being fired by Pyro 2000 is
was naturally excited.
The display was very heavy on candles, 24 blockbusters
plus some Chinese ones that I can't for the life in me remember
the name of along with candle bundles by Maverick and a selection
of big display cakes.
This is the first time I have got behind the scenes
at an electronically fired display. The guy in charge kindly showed
me the firing list and explained how it was all done and let me
have a good look at the firing box. note the wooden frames in
the back of the van for lance work.
Just to let other mere mortals get an idea of
the mess of wires pros have to contend with I took this shot:
Well time came for me to get back to my mates
and wait for the show to start, except the rain started first
which was no bad thing really as they started the show early.
Up first were a bundle of mines to start with the obligatory noise
to get everyone's interest and the first of the candle bundles
fired in to life. And here is the problem really the whole show
was a set of candles (generally with red and green stars) followed
by a cake etc the problem being the heavy use of green and red
slow rate of firing and sparse use of decent effects. Except for
two cakes the first fired a large silver spinner followed by two
then by three and so on until there was a massive column of silver
reaching very high in to the air and made the biggest of fountains
look very puny indeed. The second of the decent ones fired a lone
red star that split in to four red stars, then fired two red stars
that both split into four and this went on until eight were fired
at a time this looked really cool, except for the fact that they
fired a green version of this later in the display. After firing
more red and blue break candles.
The display was finished off with two 4"
and one 5" shell and the whole of the crowd cheered in appreciation
after enjoying what they thought was a great display. I'm sorry
but I walked off very bored and disappointed at the apparent lack
of innovation and spending on a display that was for thousands