The Return of the 'Counting' Fireworks_13June2013The ever-popular Cowes fireworks display that takes place on the final Friday of Cowes Week will see the return of Pains Fireworks after a decade long break. 

Cowes Fireworks Committee was formed twelve months ago to ensure the future success of the display and to secure funding for the fireworks by working with all those who enjoy or benefit from the display. To ensure the best possible fireworks display is provided, the Committee – in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council – recently undertook a comprehensive review of potential fireworks providers and is delighted to confirm that Pains Fireworks will be back at the helm this year.

With roots in the east end of London dating back to the late fourteenth Century, Pains is proud to be the longest established firework display company in the UK.  The original family business was renowned for making and selling gunpowder and it would seem that Pains has been remembering the 5th of November for longer than any other firework business in the world.

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Pains have a long heritage with the Cowes fireworks display and the first recorded link to the regatta in the Pains Fireworks ledgers is August 1862. The connection between the two organisations spans 140 years and the company is therefore delighted to have been re-appointed after a break of a decade, during which time they’ve been formulating plenty of plans from the sidelines and are all set to put on a spectacular display this year.

2013 will see the return of the counting fireworks and this year’s display will be given a dramatic Big Blast Off! Commenting on what people can expect from this year’s display, David Alvis, of Pains Fireworks, said:

For those that remember the Cowes displays of old, there remains the lasting memory of the whole audience loudly counting along with a special series of fireworks; the “counting fireworks of Cowes” are still talked about even today. With the return of Pains to Cowes, we think this is the year to bring this participation back to the display. It isn’t anything more than just a great bit of fun. Half way through the display everything will stop and with the help of a little prompting over the PA system everyone will be encouraged to join in and become, uniquely, part of the show. Furthermore to add to the theme of participation, we also want all those watching the display from boats to join in with the start of the display; the Big Blast Off. A series of maroons and ship’s horn blasts to be responded to by all the vessels in the Harbour, will create a cacophony of sound that will introduce to all a spectacular display that is truly a fireworks show that can only be Cowes”.

Thanks to the donations received to date, the fireworks fundraising effort is in good shape, but anyone who will enjoy the display this August is encouraged to make a contribution; every little helps.

Donations can be made safely and securely via Paypal at or contact Michelle Warner ([email protected]) for details on other ways of making a donation.

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