An­nual dis­play may be a fizzer

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

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.

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