French sparkle to win firework title

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French master blasters Focus Pyro are the newly crowned winners of Blackpool’s World Fireworks Championships.

Thousands of people were treated to amazing displays at the annual festival throughout September as competitors from Ireland, France and China battled it out to be named winner.

And as Great British pyrotechnic experts Titanium rounded off the annual spectacle on Friday with a guest appearance, it was the French team who were crowned victors by the judges.

Jean-Charles Audoubert was part of the winning team and described their art as a theatrical performance.

He said: “As a team composed of people whose experiences originate from every aspect of performing arts, we are united in the quest for the existential by using the sky as an enormous theatrical stage of infinite dimensions.”

See Monday’s Gazette for photos of Titanium’s Friday night display to round off the season.