200,000 turn up for Christ­mas event

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

Or­gan­is­ers of the Coca-Cola Christ­mas in the Park event are al­ready look­ing ahead to the big 21st birth­day event in 2014.

But they read­ily ad­mit – this year’s ex­trav­a­ganza will be a hard act to fol­low.

An es­ti­mated crowd of up to 200,000 peo­ple braved scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures to en­joy what spokes­woman Deb­o­rah De­laney says was the great­est show yet.

The De­cem­ber 14 event, sup­ported by Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, pub­lisher of the Auck­land City Har­bour News, fea­tured a lineup of acts in­clud­ing Stan Walker, Sol3 Mio and X-Fac­tor stars Jackie Thomas and Benny Tipene. It was also the last show for long-time sup­porter Frankie Stevens who says he’s step­ping aside af­ter 18 years to let some of the coun­try’s new tal­ent take cen­tre stage.

‘‘All good things must end at some par­tic­u­lar stage in life,’’ he says. ‘‘Coca-Cola Christ­mas in the Park has been one of the high­lights of my ca­reer. I’ll miss it and I’ll miss the peo­ple more.’’

Photo: JESS LEE

Christ­mas fun: Ruby Porter, 2, en­joys the rides at Coca-Cola Christ­mas in the Park.

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