We were very fortunate to have photographer Chris Weedon at the Langley Park School for Girls display. He has taken a fantastic set of photos and has very kindly allowed us to reproduce one here. A much larger selection can be seen here.
On Saturday 10 November we fired the annual Rotary Club of West Wickham and Langley Park School for Girls PSA display. A landmark event in the local calendar for the past 18 years. A crowd of around 2,500 turned out after a drizzly day which transformed into a cold evening to watch the show, raising valuable funds for the school and local charities. Many thanks to everyone for their support and also to Sound Services for all their help.
The show has been written up in the local newspaper as well as getting some great comments on Twitter including:
“Sparkle and glitter… tip top fireworks at Langley Park GS tonight #Beckenham
“Langleys fireworks were quality. Better and cheaper than Norman Park
We have put together a video of the display which you can see here or below:
And here are some photos from the display and the all-day set up beforehand.
For those coming to this year’s display please note that it is on Sunday this year not the Saturday. There is also an earlier start time – 5.30pm with the fireworks due to start at 6pm. The show has two halves so you have the opportunity to buy drinks and food during the mid show break. Tickets are £8 per person on the door.
Ever wondered what actually makes fireworks work? The Royal Institution of Great Britain has just released this video featuring RI vice president and explosives expert Chris Bishop talking about our favourite topic. With the Guy Fawkes season well and truly upon us, the video is great and well worth a watch.
Watch the full video with related content here: http://richannel.org/the-science-of-fireworks
Midweek (well, Wednesday in fact) we put on a seven minute show for Little Heath School which is based in Romford, Essex. Little Heath is a school for children aged 11-19 with a wide range of special needs including moderate and severe learning difficulties as well as Autistic Spectrum disorders.
On 25 October the school was hosting an awards evening for their pupils at the Jack Carter Pavilion in Frenford. The evening is traditionally finished-off with a fireworks display and it serves as a very nice opener to the traditional autumn fireworks season. The firing area was sizeable, the weather was mild, there was a slight breeze which was great for clearing the smoke, and the audience was very appreciative.
We were able to film most of the display – although the 3 and 4 inch shells went just up above the camera viewfinder. We hope you enjoy watching as much as we did putting it on. Watch the video here or below:
The Rotary Club of West Wickham and Langley Park School for Girls PSA aims to beat their fundraising record of £8,200 from their 2011 fireworks event at this year’s fireworks display at Langley Park School for Girls in Hawksbrook Lane on Saturday 10 November 2012. Gates open at 6pm and the display starts at 7pm.
Ticket prices are adults £6, Children £3.50, Under 5s go free. Family tickets of £14 for two adults and two children available only in advance from participating local schools and Matthews Jewellers in West Wickham.
Proceeds from the display go to St Christopher’s Hospice, other charities and community projects, and to the school.
2012 is the 18th fireworks display and is one of the longest running in the Beckenham and West Wickham area.
According to organiser John Thornton from the West Wickham Rotary Club, the display has a strong track record of attracting a significant amount of local support. He says: “We deliberately keep the prices family friendly and if you buy a family ticket in advance you get a better rate than on the night. This is a major fund-raising event for the area and it is the area that benefits as a result.”
In addition to the fireworks, there will be music, hot food, drinks – including mulled wine – and some intriguing novelties organised by the Langley Park School for Girls Parents/Staff Association.
The fireworks display is being provided by The Knights of Fire Fireworks.