Bright farewell to dark winter
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.