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Thousands line waterfront for fireworks final

Thousands of people lined Plymouth's waterfront last night. Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of people lined Plymouth's waterfront last night for the final of this year's British Firework Championships.

Poor weather conditions forced the Red Arrows to cancel their display but the fireworks were welcomed with cheers from spectators.

Fantastic Fireworks from Luton in Bedfordshire were crowned the 'British Firework Champion 2015'.

Red Arrows cancel Plymouth Fireworks appearance

The Red Arrows performing in a display earlier this month. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Red Arrows have cancelled their display at tonight's fireworks in Plymouth due to the bad weather.

Despite the rain clearing, they say the sea mist and low cloud has made it unsafe for them to fly.

The fireworks themselves, the second night of this year's spectacular British Fireworks Championships, are still going ahead as planned.


Plymouth Fireworks opening night entertains crowd

Plymouth's stunning yearly light show had a spectacular start last night.

Thousands of people gathered on the seafront to see the spectacular displays.

But what did they think of the show?:

Plymouth's annual fireworks championships continue tonight with three more firms battling it out in the skies.

First racing yachts arrive in Plymouth

A record 356 yachts took part in the 2015 offshore race. Credit: Rolex/Arrigo

The first yachts have begun arriving in Plymouth in the Rolex Fastnet race.

Jim Clark’s 100-ft American Maxi Comanche has claimed monohull line honours at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race.

Arriving in Plymouth at 05:22 BST on Wednesday morning, Comanche completed the 603-nm offshore race in 2 days, 15 hours, 42 minutes and 26 seconds.

The teams have been competing for the Fastnet Challenge Cup. Credit: Rolex/Arrigo

The Ken Read-skippered Comanche finished a mere four minutes ahead of her closest rivals, George David’s 88-ft Rambler (USA).

Mike Slade's 100-ft Maxi Leopard (GBR) was third finisher at 06:26 followed by the Maxi 72 Momo (CAY) at 06:57.

Local sailor Henry Bomby is due to arrive tomorrow.

The challenge takes place every two years. Credit: Rolex/Arrigo

Your Pictures: Plymouth fireworks light up the sky

Plymouth's stunning yearly lights show. Credit: Kelly Shaw
Thousands were in Plymouth for opening night. Credit: Sam Johns
The Championships feature six top pyrotechnics companies. Credit: Paul Mcdonnell
These companies set off four tonnes of fireworks over the Plymouth Waterfront. Credit: Paul Mcdonnell
As they battle it out to become the British Firework Champion. Credit: Sgt John Rickard

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WATCH: Jet-powered shopping trolley's world record attempt

Matt McKeown has made several world record attempts with a jet-powered shopping trolley. Credit: ITV West Country

Matt McKeown from Plymouth has clocked a speed of just over 55 miles an hour in a jet-powered shopping trolley, at an airfield in North Yorkshire.

The trolley is powered by a 150 horsepower engine for a Chinook helicopter - and has go-kart wheels and its own braking system.

Its determined driver has made several world record attempts with his quirky creation.

British Fireworks Championships to light up Plymouth sky

Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Plymouth each year for the stunning displays, including this one, in 2014. Credit: ITV West Country

200,000 people are expected on Plymouth's seafront tonight for the annual British Fireworks Championships.

The competition runs over two nights and sees six firms from across the country show off their best displays.

Everything kicks off at about 9.30 pm, if it's dark enough. The best places to watch are on the Citadel and the Hoe.

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