Our return visit for Leeds New Years Eve fireworks and no industrial fog-clearing fan required this year – just some thermals and plenty of hot tea and coffee to keep us all from freezing! The cold snap preceding New Years Eve had left a fairly thick film of ice over part of the firing site which needed to be shifted before anything could be placed onto it. We like our fireworks to stay firmly in place when they’re going off and not resemble someone from Dancing On Ice! Sledge hammers, rock salt and spades at the ready Robin and I set about clearing a path to lay the fireworks onto and had soon cleared an area large enough to take the arsenal of fireworks we had set for this show.
Glenn had come up with a concept for the show based around Space and it had been divided into four distinct sections taking in Earth, Meteors and Asteroids, Saturn and the Sun. Huge lifts of stars and reports from 5” mines and 6” shells got the show off to a resounding start. Incorporating go getters, ring shells, meteor shells and our ever popular lightning shells the crowd were treated to a sensational display. A favourite sequence of mine was using silver strobe shells to fill the sky with twinkling stars and firing through it dozens of Saturn shells with colourful centres surrounded by the most perfectly formed rings.
To welcome in the New Year we fired an astonishing 2010 projectiles in 30 seconds as the display built to its hair raising crescendo of maroons and titanium willow shells. In hindsight the display was very aptly titled ‘Space’ because it really was out of this world!