Music, crowds add to festival flavour
OPINION: It’s my own fault. I didn’t check the programme.
So when I went to the Festival of Lights and realised there were no bands, no music at all, I was less than cheerful about it. But once darkness arrived and the lights kicked in, it was still good.
But I did miss the crowds, and lining up at the coffee cart and people watching on the Stuff Hatchery Lawn, which had become a welcome habit. The thing about the lights is that you always meet somebody you know but haven’t seen for a while so you can have a good old natter. The bands played to a specific age group but it was always a family affair. Kids wandering around well past their bedtime and grandparents making the most of the special magic they have with the grandies.
Those who pooh-pooed the lights saying it was the same as last year have sadly missed out. Yes it was the same, Poet’s Bridge pulsated to the same squillion LEDs as last year but what the heck, it was still a great show and it was the people who made it so. The special atmosphere it generated meant you could be cheeky to strangers and smiles were returned. I loooooved the Christmas tree in the Fernery. It was the most Christmassy Christmas tree I have seen for a long while. All in all, top marks to NPDC and all the sponsors and contractors who got it together. Thank you one and all.
The other thing, or rather person I miss is the ‘Bubble Man’. The gent who would arrive at the beach or events making monster bubbles. He’d sell the special wands he made and the bubble mixture but even if he didn’t sell any, he would still entertain people by making the most ginormous bubbles which would float along the beach or through the crowds at the markets. Kids chased them and adults broke out in smiles. I’m not sure if you are around Bubble Man but you are missed and you will be remembered by a lot of people.
I guess my point is that we have to make the most of our opportunities while we have them don’t we? In Taranaki we have ample chances to do that and there aren’t many who have a genuine reason not to get off their backsides and do things while we can.
Round the Mountain
Your Marshalls do a great job. But couldn’t belive when we saw one try to stop an ambulance with lights and siren on to let the bikes go through. Darren James Spademan
The 2017-18 Festival of Lights is every bit as good as last year’s.