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Sell-out crowds enjoy spectacular Musical Fireworks championships

Crowds in their thousands flocked to Victoria Park, Southport at the weekend to watch an incredible fireworks spectacular.

Despite the weather conditions on Sunday which led to an earlier than expected end to the competition, teams once again battled it out at the British Musical Fireworks Championship for the ultimate title.

An incredible display by Illusion Fireworks, who performed on the last Saturday evening slot, was enough to wow the judges and seal first place.

Second place was awarded to Blitz Fireworks who fired first on Saturday and third place was given to Phenomenal Fireworks who fired second on Friday.

For the first time in the history of the event, the judges awarded an innovation award to Illusion Fireworks for the creativity displayed by the team during their display.

Unfortunately due to weather conditions during the first display on Sunday, September 30, a decision to stop the display and cancel the event was made by the organisers.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The British Musical Fireworks Championship was yet again a fantastic weekend for Southport and Sefton.

“The safety of our customers is our priority and our competition clerk felt that with the change in wind direction and speed, the conditions were no longer suitable to carry on with the competition on the Sunday”

“Despite that thousands of families enjoyed incredible displays in Victoria Park and Saturday was full to capacity, selling out completely, proving what a draw the Fireworks and Southport really are.

“I would like to congratulate everybody involved in putting on this year’s championship, which was a fitting and fantastic end to our 2018 Sefton events calendar.

“As the season draws to close once again, it is also important that we acknowledge the huge economic impact these fantastic events have on our borough.”