Fireworks to light up the Liberation sky

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So realistic will the event be that the use of hundreds of red boat-flares are likely to make it appear that Elizabeth Castle is in flames.

The presentation will draw to a close with a set piece of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ against a red, white and blue backdrop.

Starting at 10.15 pm, the son et lumière and fireworks display will also include speech and music to portray the Island’s Occupation by the Germans and the joy of the Liberation.

Due to be seen by the Queen and Prince Philip at the end of the dinner at the Grand Hotel hosted by the Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache, the public display is being produced by Sir Michael Parker, who co-ordinated the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in the UK.

For the Liberation display Sir Michael will be working with the UK company Pyrovision, who carried out the Queen’s Jubilee spectacular at Buckingham Palace.

They will be assisted by local pyrotechnics company Starburst Fireworks.

The soundtrack, which is being broadcast on Radio Jersey, is to feature excerpts from famous speeches by King George VI and Winston Churchill, as well as music from the war-time era.

James Bevis of Starburst said that thousands of fireworks were being imported from Spain, Italy and China which would take four days to place in position.

They are to be set off from a container vessel anchored out to sea as well as from the castle.

The show is being sponsored by UBS and supported by the Tourism Development Fund.

Bedell Cristin are sponsoring the powerful ‘V for Victory’ sign due to light up the sky in the form of two huge shafts of light.

Created by eight searchlights at the castle, this will form the finale to the spectacle.

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