Fireworks challenge to light sky above Belvoir Castle with a bang

Belvoir Castle Fireworks show

Belvoir Castle Fireworks show

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THE sky above Belvoir Castle will light up with hundreds of spectacular fireworks when it plays host to a national fireworks championship next weekend.

Fireworks worth up to £50,000 will explode into the sky at the event, with some hitting the same 125-decibel level created at a loud rock concert.

The event, now in its third year at Belvoir Castle, will see three of the UK’s best professional firework companies compete against each other with a 10-minute display choreographed to music, followed by a finale display from organisers MLE Pyrotechnics.

The companies, Blitz Fireworks of Crewe, Spitfire Pyrotechnics from Coventry and Celebration Displays from Bury in Lancashire, have a combined experience of more than100 years and will use shell fireworks for their displays rather than rockets. The shells are favoured as they can explode at a height of 200 metres and can cover an area of 150 metres.

The event is the only one of its type in the UK where the audience gets the chance to vote for their winner on the night. Votes are cast using a mobile phone and texts are charged at the normal rate.

The fireworks championships will run over four rounds, all held at stately homes in the country. The overall winner will be announced after the final event at Eastnor Castle, in Herefordshire, on September 1.

Mat Lawrence, director of MLE Pyrotechnics, said: “The companies will be pulling out all the stops for a great night.

“There will also be plenty of pre-show attractions and entertainment and families are welcome to bring a picnic.”

Tickets for the event, on Saturday, August 18, from 5pm, cost £15 for adults, £6 for children. For tickets, go to www.belvoirfireworks.co.uk