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Burton's Pyrotex explodes onto world stage after winning champion of champions award in Monaco

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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A FIREWORKS company based in Burton has been named the best of the best in an international competition held in Monaco.

Pyrotex Fireworx, which has its head office in Branston, was named the 'champion of champions' in the International Musical Fireworks contest, following a huge show which saw judges delighted by almost 6,000 products.

The company beat competition from three other world-renowned groups, putting them well and truly on the national stage.

Hannah Clarkson, who runs Pyrotex with Mark Kelsall, told the Mail: "It's huge. It's one of the biggest competitions in the world.

"We were competing against some of the biggest companies in the world, so to beat them is just incredible. It's a huge achievement."

The team travelled to Monaco last week to take part in the competition, and staged one enormous display to wow the judges.

The show took eight months to organise, 15 crew members to stage, two sweltering Monaco days to set up, and a whopping 6,000 fireworks to give the final effect.

The stunning display – titled The Impossible Dream – lasted more than 20 minutes.

The Champion of Champion awards is run in Monaco every five years. The competitors are the winners of the last four international competitons.

Pyrotex, which won the award in 2012, were pitted against another company from the UK and one each from Poland and Spain.

Ms Clarkson said: "That was a major competition. It's been an amazing five years. Every single competition we've been in, we have won. It's been such a crazy journey."

Other wins include the British Musical Fireworks Championship, twice, and the International Firework Festival in Malta.

The company was set up around 15 years ago, when Mr Kelsall started putting on displays for friends and family. The former DJ combined music and fireworks, and then built up the business.

Pyrotex now puts on all the fireworks displays for Loughborough University, and regularly creates shows for local events, including at those put on by Rolleston Scout Group.

Ms Clarkson said she had 'no idea' what was next for the team there, which comprises two people, an apprentice and an events crew of around 15 people.

Although the company has won the judges' competition, a public vote is also running for the best display. Visit www.monaco-feuxdartifice. mc/en/public-vote/ to vote for Pyrotex.

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