British Fireworks ChampionshipSpectators at this year’s British Firework Championships on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 August will get to pick their own winning display by text message.

Members of the public will be able to vote for their ‘People’s Champion’ by text – and everyone who takes part will go into a draw to win a £500 fireworks prize donated by Standard and Black Cat Fireworks.

The Event Services Association (TESA), who organise the event in partnership with Plymouth City Council, have signed an agreement with Fastnet Radio to provide the text facility.

As well as providing the public with an opportunity to have their say in the competition, Fastnet Radio will also be broadcasting commentaries on the displays using speakers that are being put in place along the road for the forthcoming America’s Cup event. The commentaries can also be picked up on radios and mobile phones at 87.9FM.

To take part, people will simply text the number of their favourite display to 81066. So, if you think the fourth display (the first on the second night) is best, text FIREFOUR to 81066. Texts will cost 50 pence plus your standard network charge. (Full details will be published in the event programme.)

Tuesday night

Display one (Skyburst The Firework Company) – text ‘FIREONE’
Display two (Fireworx Scotland) – text ‘FIRETWO’
Display three (Nemisis Pyrotechnics) – text ‘FIRETHREE’

Wednesday night

Display four (Celebration Fireworks) – text ‘FIREFOUR
Display five (MLE Pyrotechnics) – text ‘FIREFIVE’
Display six (Highlight Pyrotechnics) – text ‘FIRESIX’

All of the votes will go into the draw and the winner will be announced within 24 hours of the competition finishing.

The British Firework Championships in Plymouth are internationally famous, attracting visitors from both the UK and overseas the event has become a showcase for the skills of the UK’s professional firework industry. Thousands flock to Plymouth Hoe for the competition and many book their holidays around the event.

With people arriving from as early as 5pm to get the best viewing spots, additional entertainment is being provided from early evening, with live music from the Heart FM stage, a funfair and refreshments, which all adds up to a great night out for families.

Each competing team fires a 10-minute display, creating 30 minutes of spectacular fireworks on each of the two evenings. The first display is expected to start at around 9.30pm each night, with the competition being completed within an hour.

This will be the 15th anniversary of the British Firework Championships. In 2012 each of the winners from the previous five years will be returning to Plymouth to compete in a ‘Champion of Champions’ event against the last Champion of Champions winner from six years ago, Jubilee Fireworks.

Once again, the organisers are proud to support the south west branch of Parkinson’s UK, who will receive all proceeds from the sale of programmes. Last year they raised over £3,000.

Be sure to visit the Barbican Waterfront British Firework Championships section for a look at last years winner.

Source: Plymouth City Council

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