Bright farewell to dark win­ter

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Imag­i­na­tions went wild as peo­ple got into the spirit of an in­au­gu­ral event farewelling the im­mi­nent end of Cromwell’s dark win­ter months.

Cromwell’s Mall was alive with colour and ac­tiv­ity, with about 1000 peo­ple join­ing in the Light Up Win­ter Fes­ti­val which in­cluded a Light Up Your Hat com­pe­ti­tion and lan­tern re­lease.

Cromwell Pro­mo­tions Group com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships man- ager Brigitte Tail said the cal­i­bre of hat de­signs, rang­ing in styles from a jel­ly­fish and quail to a snow­man and block of flats, made judg­ing dif­fi­cult.

‘‘I was su­per im­pressed with the turnout and the ef­fort that the mall busi­nesses and com­mu­nity went to....We have a very busy events cal­en­dar in spring and sum­mer but there was a gap in win­ter. The com­mu­nity has grown so much in the last few years and we were re­ally look­ing for a com­mu­nity event that got ev­ery­one in­volved.‘‘

The lan­tern re­lease was also a huge suc­cess with 400 sold, she said.

‘‘The lanterns were a mag­i­cal end to a cool night out. They are biodegrad­able and dis­in­te­grate but we did a clean up the next day.’’

A photo booth fundraiser was also held to sup­port a Cromwell fam­ily who were in Christchurch with their three-year-old daugh­ter who was un­der­go­ing treat­ment for an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour.

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