Fireworks light up the sky

by Mike Isle

Rolleston residents turned it on again last Saturday, with a spectacular firework display in Foster Park that attracted a crowd, organisers estimate to have been at least 15,000.

One of the organisers, Trisha Pullin, said she and the organising committee were “absolutely delighted” with how the event turned out.

“We were a little worried at the beginning, because of the windy conditions. But we got clearance from the Fire Service and from that point it was all on, and people were coming through the gates in droves,” she said.

Fireworks were the feature of the night. Moreover, there was a lot more on offer to entice the crowd at this family-orientated event.

Four primary school bands and the Lincoln High Youth Band provided the entertainment;

Centrestage offered up the theatrical flair; there was no shortage of rides and stalls to keep children entertained and families fed.

The Selwyn Youth Support team ran a free obstacle course and offered a free phone charging station; the NZ Army came up with a Pinzgauer vehicle for children and adults to climb in and ask questions of the army personnel present.

Thirty thousand dollars’ worth of fireworks, coordinated by Templeton-based Fireworks International, went up in flames in a matter of minutes — leaving many of the children with open mouths, enthralled by the truly spectacular display.

It is not the first time there has been a firework display at Foster Park, but many said it was the best.

The annual event is the brain-child by a group of volunteers from the Rolleston Residents’ Association and representatives from many local schools, sporting codes and non-profit groups from the wider Rolleston area.

Apart from celebrating the night safely, and to give the community a family fun night, it is also run to help support all these groups. Trish Pullin said the event costs in excess of $70,000 to put on, wholly paid for from funds collected at the gate and donations.

Any profit is then distributed to the community groups involved.

“It was a fun family evening. The crowd was very well-behaved, and the organisers were very happy with the night,” Trish Pullin said.

Sponsors included: Pub Charity, Accessman and the Selwyn District Council.

Photographs by Kallum Harris

Photographs by Kallum Harris