Le Maitre set for Harrods pyro show
Tuesday, 29 October 2002
Le Maitre are set to stage a spectacular firework and pyrotechnic display from the roof of Harrods to mark the switching on of the Christmas Lights on 3 November. The display will go ahead despite the proposed fire strikes. As the strike is due to start on 2 November for 48 hours, Le Maitre’s events director Karen Haddon has employed private fire crews to cover the event. This will be in addition to the British Army’s Green Goddesses, already covering the strike nationally, and Harrods’ own fire officers stationed on the roof itself. Although it is extremely expensive to bring in private fire engines and crew, ensuring safety at the event is paramount, and the decision to go ahead with the show has been welcomed.

The display is very complex, and will be fired with a pyro digital system. It runs just under 15 minutes and is set to the James Bond theme tune. It will begin with chase sequences of stage pyro across the front of the roof, using flames, gerbs and fire breathing dragons! It will progress to large scale fireworks including mines, comets and a dramatic finale of cakes and shells. The Harrods Christmas Lights switch on is open to the public and promises to be a thrilling event. It starts at 6.00pm on Sunday 3 November.

Also on a James Bond theme, Le Maitre are working on some fantastic pyrotechnic effects for the premiere of the new Bond movie Die Another Day, which is scheduled for 18 November at the Royal Albert Hall. Unfortunately, details cannot be released prior to the event, but the stars will certainly be arriving in style!

(Ruth Rossington)

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