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Issue:- Thursday, 6 October 2016

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British Musical Fireworks Championship 2016
Photograph by Patrick Trollope.

OVER 30 September to 2 October 2016, the sky above Victoria Park was lit up by 7 spectacular pyrotechnic displays at the 2016 British Musical Fireworks Championship. The competitors at this event were as follows:-

1st Display Skyburst - The Firework Company 3rd
2nd Display Impact Pyrotechnics


1st Display Phenomenal Fireworks 2nd
2nd Display PDC Fireworks
3rd Display Bright Sparks Fireworks 1st
1st Display Essex Pyrotechnics
2nd Display Lightech Fireworks

All of them delivered amazing displays, but for the teams on Saturday, the Mother Nature proved to make life a tad harder for the teams. But the rain did not spoil the atmosphere nor the spirit of the night. Sadly, the rain and conditions did affect some of the displays that night, but they all still delivered a dazzling show!

Not only that, but on both Friday and on Sunday nights, bands played to entertain the awaiting crowds. This year on Friday, a band who had just been shown on X-Factor, took to the stage to deliver a 45 minute performance. 'Girl Next Door' from Liverpool, definitely put the event on the right note... The closing night had an equally interesting band from Manchester.

Sunday night provided a strange sight on Victoria Park for a firework display. Did you spot the tank shooting fireworks?

If you have never been, each team puts on a 15 to 20 minute display, which must be set to music. They are then judged by industry experts on the synchronisation to music, choice of music, use of the sky and ground, the mood and flow of the display. Plus to add to the team's challenges, the judges also take into account the variety of the pyrotechnics used and effects they give to the overall design and choreography of the display. On top of all that, they are also judged on safety! This is no ordinary firework display and competition is very high in this industry, so the title is extremely converted by the winners! If you get to see what the teams have to do to win, it's no surprise that it's the only competition of its kind in the UK and 1 of the most prestigious titles a display company can have in the UK!

This year must have been 1 of the hardest to judge and we would not have liked to be the judges, but naturally there could only be 1 winner. This year the winner was Bright Sparks Fireworks, 2nd place was awarded to Phenomenal Fireworks and 3rd place went to Skyburst.

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If you had a favourite, please let us know, but you still have until Sunday, 9 October 2016, at midnight to cast your vote on who gets the title "2016 People's Choice award." To vote, please go to:- VisitSouthport.Com to cast your vote!

It's worth noting that on the 5 November 2016, fireworks will again be exploding above Victoria Park, with the Southport and Hesketh Round Table (SHRT) host their annual charity bonfire and fireworks night. Please visit the group's website for more information.

Click on to see a larger picture of this image.Fun Dog Show in aid of local animal shelter

THE 'Fun Dog Show' is supporting and hosted by Freshfield's Animal Rescue, a local animal shelter, on Saturday, 15 October 2016.  This event will be held at St. Stephens Parish Church Hall, Hightown (L38 0BL) and has free parking, plus its just 2 minutes walk from Merseyrail's Hightown Station.  The event will also offer a variety of stalls selling hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes.

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Warrants executed in crackdown on criminal use of scrambler bikes

ON Thursday, 6 October 2016, Police executed a series of warrants as... Click on here to find out more...

5 fold increase in families affected by Benefit Cap
Heavy fine for West Kirby ice cream sellers
Southport poised to take lead in national Tyre Safety Month campaign
Arrests over suspected £15m Tax fraud
Booker Prize shortlisted authors
Jail for pizza driver who stole the dough
6 weeks unpaid overtime a year for 1 in 6 working parents in the North West
Get on the Smokefree Liverpool bus
Education experts to work on Liverpool Challenge
Winter Arts Market moves to Liverpool Cathedral
Shots fired at house in Bootle
A new voice for New Ferry
Hate crime investigation started after Graffiti Attack
Green light for fracking, but what does it mean for North Merseyside?
Aladdin is billed to fly high at the Epstein Theatre
CCTV appeal after robbery in Ainsdale
CCTV Appeal following incident in Bootle
Police Office to run to New York
3 jailed following kidnap and assault
Everton Football Club and Merseyside Police joined forces
UB40 heading to Liverpool are you

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Man who poured boiling water over dog is jailed for 16 weeks

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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