Blackpool's world championship fireworks competition won by Germany
World Fireworks Championship Blackpool has been won by the classical music-inspired entry from Germany.
The Germans' dramatic display of fireworks set to stirring music by Beethoven, which started with the haunting sound of a gong being struck three times, beat off competition from Russia and Ireland.
The result was announced at tonight’s celebratory display by pyrotechnics experts, Titanium Fireworks.
Judges said it was almost impossible to separate the three entrants because of the sheer quality of the displays, but said they were particularly impressed by Germany’s synchronisation of music that comprised a celebration of Beethoven. They also praised the spectacular finale.
A spokesperson for the winning German team said the show was originally designed for the championship in 2020 to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven. It was dedicated to the composer’s music and was titled “Beethoven’s birthday bash”.
He added: “My decision to limit the soundtrack to the compositions of only one composer made it much more difficult than working on a soundtrack for a "normal" show. The soundtrack begins with three gongs, without fireworks, which is a kind of a signature for my shows.
“One of my favourite scenes in this show is the rising part in the epic version of Moonlight Sonata which still gives me goose bumps every time I hear it!”
This year’s World Fireworks Championships Blackpool has been staged over four alternate Saturdays during September and October from a new launch pad on the beach opposite The Blackpool Tower.
A VisitBlackpool spokesperson said: “This year’s entries have been absolutely spectacular and have truly captured the public imagination.
“After having to cancel last year’s event through COVID restrictions, it has quite literally come back with a bang, attracting record crowds on to the seafront.”
Earlier this week, it was announced that there will be an additional fireworks* event in Blackpool with Titanium producing a family fireworks event at the same seafront location at around 5pm on New Year’s Eve.
The free event is part of a comprehensive programme of Christmas entertainment in Blackpool which includes a Christmas By The Sea village featuring free skating rink, snowfalls, log cabins, themed projection shows and a traditional festive market in and around the Winter Gardens.
For full details, go to www.visitblackpool.com/christmas
*The New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.