Fireworks bring community together
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.
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.