China Visit 2018 -2019
I flew out from Manchester to China on 23 November 2018 with Celtic Fireworks. I landed in Changsha after a 14 hour journey and, having only been in the country 2 hours, it was off to the first demo - no time to waste! Cameras out and 80 new potential products to film, mainly Cat 4 and Retail. Next day, an early start and off to the Celtic office to review last night’s new products with Chris and Jonathan. We thoroughly reviewed and considered each product, whittling them down to the favourites. This pattern continued for 5 days and nights and in the end over 900 products were viewed. This was a successful trip.
Following this, 14 January 2019 and a 12,000 mile round trip – I flew out again to Changsha with Celtic Fireworks for a 7 day trip. This time we were back to review the products we had narrowed down from November’s trip - yet more factory demonstrations. Success! 120 new lines added - 40 Retail and 80 Cat 4 Professional fireworks. The new retail lines will be added in due course. Don’t forget, I am the only retailer in the UK that sees these products before any others - so a big bonus for you guys. Knowledge is strength, so the saying goes! And don’t forget, we are the UK’s largest stockist of Celtic retail fireworks.
Our work, however, is never done – 4 February 2019 and it’s Fireworks Shop annual spring fair trip to NEC Birmingham. The likes of Absolute fireworks, Brothers Pyrotechnics, Jonathan’s fireworks and Black Cat fireworks all exhibit here showing their new products for 2019. It’s always great to catch up with importers and discuss the coming seasons new offerings.
Valencia Trip 2019
And then, 14 March 2019 and Fireworks Shop annual visit to Valencia. This is where I meet up with all my Pyro friends in the trade, relax a bit, and watch the daily displays in and around the city. For those of you that haven’t been to Las Fallas de Valencia, it’s an absolute must in the pyro calendar. An amazing city with lots to do and see, including the intense Mascleta in the main square, fired every day at 2pm during the festival, and then the spectacular evening firework displays down by the riverbed. During this visit, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Europla, one of Europe’s biggest manufacturers of fireworks, to look at potential new products - a really great demo showcasing Cat 4 products for professional displays.
Looking Good for 2019
So far so good this year – it is definitely a year to watch out for some great new products. There are exciting times ahead so watch out on Fireworks Shop website ‘New for 2019’ as we will be adding new fireworks every week, keeping you up-to-date. Remember, if you see it here, there’s only one thing you need to know…. it’s the best because we’ve seen it and tried it.