Fire­works bring com­mu­nity to­gether

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Crowds braved the strong wind and sub-35C weather to flock to the Dampier fore­shore at the week­end for the an­nual Guy Fawkes Night fire­works. Stalls and live mu­sic were pop­u­lar through­out the night and the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night event was a high­light.

A crowd of thou­sands gath­ered at the Dampier fore­shore last Satur­day af­ter­noon for one of the main events on the City of Kar­ratha’s so­cial cal­en­dar, the an­nual Guy Fawkes and Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night, walk at the Dampier Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club.

The venue, which opened at 5.30pm, quickly be­came packed with peo­ple keen to en­joy a re­laxed yet buzzing com­mu­nity night, from friends en­joy­ing a drink to fam­i­lies let­ting their chil­dren run free.

The cooler weather and a strong sea breeze no doubt added to the ap­peal.

There was face-paint­ing for chil­dren, mar­ket stalls for adults and no short­age of food op­tions for all.

The sail­ing club put on a sausage siz­zle and a gen­er­ous Asian-style buf­fet down­stairs and a se­lec­tion of its usual mem­bers’ menu up­stairs while food trucks in the ad­ja­cent carpark served up even more.

Perth band 44 De­greez pro­vided the Twi­light Tunes live mu­sic through­out the event, play­ing reg­gae-style cov­ers of such clas­sics as Sum­mer­time and Su­per­sti­tious.

A large crowd took part in the Light the Night lantern walk along Dampier Beach, light­ing their blue and yel­low lanterns in a trib­ute to can­cer suf­fer­ers.

The Leukaemia Foundation has raised about $1700 from the walk so far and is still count­ing.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Pe­ter Long said the city was proud to have such an event on its cal­en­dar.

“It is fan­tas­tic we can con­tinue to pro­vide the com­mu­nity with th­ese kinds of events,” he said.

The night’s other main event, the 20-minute Guy Fawkes fire­works dis­play over the har­bour, im­pressed as usual and its ex­plo­sive end­ing had the youngest on­look­ers cheer­ing. Sail­ing club com­modore and event or­gan­iser John Lally was out of town but said he had heard it was a great suc­cess and was glad the Guy Fawkes tra­di­tion was still alive and well in Dampier, 20 years af­ter he first started the event.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Mil­lie Kenny, 7, Sway Kenny, 5, and Elise Mur­ray, 8 with lanterns for the Light the Night walk.

Paige Rhodes, 6, Olivia Casperz, 6, and Carmen Miller, 7.

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