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10 British Musical Fireworks Facts!

The event has had three homes. It began its life in King's Gardens, had a one year visit to the Beach and has now found its forever home in Victoria Park.

The judging panel includes over 200 years of pyrotechnic experience, with judges receiving both an OBE and MVO from the Queen for their services to the industry. This is the competition they all want to win! 

Although the event takes a full 12 months to plan, to set up the site it takes two days, and to the clear the site one day. The event is on for three days, a lot of planning by a lot of people!

The event site includes 600 metres of barriers and one mile of fencing.

Since 1999, 79 different firework companies have taken part. Allstar Fireworks have competed five times, placing in the top three each year they have competed. Three competitors have placed 1st twice - Jubilee Fireworks, Sirotechnics Fireworks, Pyrotex Fireworx, Spitfire Pyrotechnics & Northern Lights.

Each team submits a track list for their show in confidence at the beginning of the year. There must be no duplications, songs must be family friendly and they have a limit of 10 songs. The judges only hear the music on the night of the displays to give them a fair chance to mark.

No winning team is yet to score a perfect 500, although some have come close - maybe this is the year?!

All firework fans will be familiar with the announcement 'Southport are you ready for some Fireworks?', this is famously coined by our wonderful compere Simon Smithies - without him there is no event. Simon is currently starring in Coronation Street as the dodgy solicitor Jim McDonald is using to con Liz!

During the competition, over two tonnes of explosive material are used with the total weight of fireworks used in excess of 10 tonnes! Each show required around five kilometres of wire to connect up the electrical circuits and around 15 technicians working for over 12 hours to set up the display.  

We have been delighted by some pyrotechnic spectacles over the years including dancing figures, a Loch Ness Monster, rockets, countdowns, words and the unforgettable curtain of fire.