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Dramatic fireworks show bathes Cumbrian town in colour

Its billing as an extravaganza of sound, light and fire was an understatement.

The pyrotechnics show that exploded in and illuminated Maryport Harbour last night was so much more than that.

Bombs Per Minute, the show staged by Les Commandos Percu of France, was a dramatic fireworks display and more, watched by thousands of people.

Men in what must have been asbestos suits played instruments on stage while fireworks, smoke and light surrounded them.

The whole thing would have made a fantastic advertisement for what not to do next bonfire night.

The presentation was brought to Maryport by Lakes Alive, run by Kendal Arts International.

It is one of a series of artistic events being staged for the public as part of the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The Lakes Alive series – which has also included shows in Carlisle and Penrith – culminates this week as part of Mintfest 2010, one of the UK’s largest street arts festivals, which takes place in Kendal from Thursday until Sunday.

It was estimated that at least 5,000 people attended.

As well as the spectacle, people were attracted by the warm weather, which brought its own problems.

The show, which was due to start at 8.30pm, was delayed because it was too light, and finally got underway at around 8.45pm.

It started in darkness to the sound of a ticking clock and bell before the stage erupted in a riot of noise, lights and fireworks – filling the skies above Maryport in a tapestry of scarlet, sapphire and gold flames while drummers pounded a thundering beat.

The beautifully choreographed show filled the night air with noise before finally reaching peace and silence.

The performance by the acclaimed French outfit has dazzled audiences around the world.

Have your say

I am a percussionist and attended the event with my friend, who is a pyro-technician. We both absolutely revelled in this.

The intensity that was built up by the music genres, styles, instruments, music, lights, colours and types of fireworks was astounding. I literally had my jaw open for most of it.

The arrangement of the piece was absolutley astounding.

I even saw the artists play calls and have the fireworks respond in time. Most human percussionists cannot respond with the accuracy of those fireworks.

A great show, especially for the mere fee of £2.

Thanks for the spectacle!

Posted by Ursula Jones on 4 September 2010 at 19:02

Yes, it was 15 mins laate starting (a regular occurrence I think) because it was only a 45 minute show - it finished dead on half past nine and I don't see them missing anything out to finish on time when they started late, so CN get the headline right from the off - "Awe-inspiring was the best way to describe a 45 minute long spectacle of fireworks, sound and light in Maryport on Monday night"

Posted by Derek on 3 September 2010 at 22:58

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