2 years ago York, the birthplace of a certain Mr Guy Fawkes, lacked a November 5th display. Noticing this, we put a call into the City Council who in turn approached local businesses with a hope of finding someone willing to organise such an event. Step up to the mark Mr Tom Pearcy and York Maze! York Maze is a maze created out of maize!
A sell out last year, Tom increased his capacity and sold out again this year – still receiving calls during the week leading up to the event asking if any tickets were left. Local radio station Minster FM organised an on air competition for their listeners and came up with a theme for the show (80’s!) and a selection of tracks from which we could create our fireworks soundtrack. These included Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, Fame by Irene Cara, Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and We Close Our Eyes by Go West. Programmed and fired using our digital FireOne system I could create some stunning on-the-beat hits of pyro and effects kept perfectly in time by running the whole show on time code. We got the evening off to a roaring start by providing effects to accompany the lighting of the bonfire. On the press of a button a lift of single shot comets erupted from around the base of the fire followed by red flares, Chinese cracker strings, a waterfall draped around the fire and a fountain to top it all off.
30 minutes later and it was show time. The CD started, the firing system began receiving time code and we were off! Even from the firing site I could hear the oohs and aaahs from the audience as the display worked its magic culminating in a huge lift of titanium willow shells. And the feedback from the client? ‘Book us in for November 5th 2010’! It’ll be a pleasure Tom!
Alchemy Fireworks useful links: York Maze