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After what can only be described as rubbish weather all morning and early afternoon we have a fantastic evening yesterday at West Wickham and Beckenham’s Langley Park School for Girls where we put our show for the Rotary Club of West Wickham and LPGS PSA. The skies cleared, the crowd turnout was huge and the show ran smoothly. We even managed to get the vehicles off the field this time without any bother. Video to follow.
Knights of Fire have been appointed as the exclusive fireworks display providers for Sundridge Park Manor in Bromley.
Located amid six acres of terraced gardens, Sundridge Park Manor is one of the region’s most elegant luxury hotels. The stunning grade I listed Manor House was designed by the renowned architect John Nash in the eighteenth century.
Rooms have spectacular views of the gardens and golf course that surround the building, providing an ideal location from which to enjoy a relaxing break.
Sundridge Park Manor is also one of Kent’s premier wedding venues, with extensive experience in hosting civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. We are, naturally, very pleased to have been appointed as their fireworks provider – it is a fantastic setting, as you can see below.
West Wickham’s St David’s College PTA has appointed the Knights of Fire to handle their 2013 fireworks display on Sunday 3 November. The annual fireworks display is a very long-standing tradition of the school and it is where the Knights started their fireworks careers. It is probably the largest private display in the area and we are delighted to be doing it this year.
For full details see the display’s website – www.westwickhamfireworks.co.uk
Gates open at 6pm with fireworks at approximately 7pm. Adult tickets £6, Children (aged 16 or under) £3.50 (under 5s free). Family advance tickets from Langley Park School for Girls, other supporting schools and Matthews Jewellers 22 – 24 High Street, West Wickham. On the gate tickets from 6pm on the day.
Hot food, drinks mulled wine and glow sticks available to purchase.
No parking is available on the school premises but there is plenty in surrounding roads. Please park considerately.
We had some fantastic feedback on last year’s show including some comments on Twitter:
“Amazing fireworks at Langley park school tonite loved it”
“Sparkle and glitter… tip top fireworks at Langley Park GS tonight”
As you will have seen from previous web posts we were looking for somewhere to put on our Dambusters-themed display. When we first decided to do the display, originally developed for a consumer fireworks competition back in 2011, we couldn’t have dreamed where we would end up.
On Saturday 18th May we put on the display at the 617 Squadron Association’s dinner to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise. The audience included two veterans of the 1943 raid and after the display was over we were privileged to be introduced to one of them. The display was described as a “fantastic and fitting tribute to the Dambusters” by the Association.
The display took place at the Petwood Hotel in Lincolnshire which served as the Squadron’s Officers’ mess between 1943-45. Requisitioned by the RAF in 1942, originally Officers of 97 and 619 Squadrons were based at the Petwood. When it was decided that the 617 ‘Dambusters Squadron’ should be made into a special duties squadron which would work in isolation and secrecy, Woodhall airfield was selected as the operational base. So 619 Squadron was moved out of the Petwood and 617 Squadron was moved in. Today, the Squadron Bar hosts a range of memorabilia and tributes to Guy Gibson VC, Leonard Cheshire VC and their Officers.
A video of the display can be seen below along with some photos. Various members of the Knights of Fire team had family who served in the air services during the second world war and they are now lost to us but the memories are very much still there. Our greatest thanks to both 617 Squadron Association and the Petwood Hotel for letting us be (a small) part of their day.
The display was designed by Nick with Kevin developing a truly outstanding musical tribute.
If you like the video or have been moved by the recent commemoration of Operation Chastise then please consider making a donation to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
As previously reported, Nick took part in the Malta International Firework Festival on 28 April as a technical adviser on the Pyrosure electronic fireworks firing system, working alongside Pyrosure and the Tal-Gilju Fireworks Factory. Their display involved more than 3,500 cues. Firework companies competing in the 2013 event came from Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal as well as two Malta-based display companies.
Nick took a huge number of photos and these can be seen here. Real behind the scenes stuff.
Nick was also able to film from both ‘ground zero’ inside the display as well as from the perspective of the audience and combined the two, creating the film below. We’ve done this before and the results are fantastic for giving a real insight into what happens during the firing of a major show. Enjoy.