Guy Fawkes

Dampier fes­ti­val goes off with a bang

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Fire­works, mar­kets, live mu­sic and a visit from Red Dog set the scene for a night of fam­ily fun at the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club’s an­nual Guy Fawkes Fes­ti­val on Satur­day.

About 3000 peo­ple flocked to the Dampier fore­shore and Hamp­ton Oval for the ma­jor com­mu­nity event, held in early Novem­ber ev­ery year, for a host of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and a fi­nale fire­works dis­play to cel­e­brate the leg­end of Guy Fawkes.

Chil­dren were spoilt for choice with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a pet­ting zoo, face paint­ing, fairies, a visit from the Red Dog mas­cot and a bouncy cas­tle and per­for­mances by lo­cal bands Bryan and Pete and Sum­mer Vibes. The bustling beach­side mar­kets on Hamp­ton Oval kept fam­i­lies en­ter­tained.

Blus­tery con­di­tions early in the evening put the fire­works at risk of can­cel­la­tion but for­tu­nately calmed later on, al­low­ing the crowds to see out the night with a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play over the wa­ter.

HHBSC man­ager Katie Mead­ows said the fes­ti­val had evolved to have a strong fam­ily fo­cus over the past few years.

“This year we re­ally tried to fo­cus on hav­ing lots of free things for the kids,” she said.

“We try and make it af­ford­able for fam­i­lies to have a night out, so apart from drinks and meals ev­ery­thing else for the kids was free . . . be­cause we are driven to sup­ply that for the com­mu­nity.”

For­mer event fix­ture the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion Light the Night walk was not part of the Guy Fawkes cel­e­bra­tions this year, hav­ing grown too large in the past few years for or­gan­is­ers to fit in com­fort­ably, but Ms Mead­ows said HHBSC may run it as a sep­a­rate event in fu­ture or oth­er­wise hoped an­other lo­cal group would.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Chil­dren were ex­cited to get a visit from Red Dog at the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club's Guy Fawkes Fes­ti­val.

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