Annual display may be a fizzer
Cromwell’s annual fireworks display could go up in smoke this year unless funding can be secured for the popular event. The event, which is organised by the Cromwell and Districts Promotions Group, was set down to be held on November 1 at Melmore Marina. But a lack of funding means it’s in doubt. Promotions group president Adrian Somerville said the group had received funding of $1500 from the Cromwell Town and Country club, which was a longtime supporter of the event. But the group’s application for a further $5500 from a charitable trust, which had supported the event for the past two years, had been turned down. He declined to name the trust and said he did not know why the funding had been turned down this year. “But it’s pretty tight out there financially for trusts and organisations.” Mr Somerville said the fireworks display first started in 1998 at the Cromwell Racecourse. It was moved to Melmore Marina in 2002 because it was a more suitable place in terms of safety. He believed the public enjoyed the event and said there would be a lot of disappointment if it didn’t go ahead. “We (the promotions group) put it on as a community service really. We don’t get anything out of it.” He was hoping a local business or organisation could make up the shortfall but said time was running out as the pyrotechnics man needed to know soon whether or not the display was going ahead.