Fire­works dis­play to light up­night

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - ROSE DAVIS

Wai­heke Dirt Track Club is pre­par­ing to put plenty of bang into a pub­lic fire­works dis­play on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4.

Top Hat Magic Com­pany will line up ev­ery­thing from squeal­ing rock­ets to awe-in­spir­ing shells, club mem­ber Rob Mar­shall said.

‘‘Money is a bit tighter these days so in­stead of spend­ing up­wards of $100 on per­sonal fire­works, peo­ple can see a high qual­ity show with free en­try, though do­na­tions are wel­come.

‘‘The club has been do­ing this for nearly 25 years, be­cause it’s one of the high­lights of the year for young peo­ple and fam­i­lies,’’ Mar­shall said.

Dona­tion boxes at busi­nesses around the is­land are help­ing raise the thou­sands of dol­lars needed to put on a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to dress warmly, bring blan­kets to sit on and join the crowd at the dirt track, where en­ter­tain­ment will be of­fered from 5pm.

‘‘It’s worth­while com­ing down to the track, be­cause it’s quite stun­ning when they’re right above your head. Ear muffs or ear plugs can be good for lit­tle ones who might be fright­ened. The fire­works are pretty loud when you’re up close, but most peo­ple just scream and ooh and ah - most peo­ple seem to love it,’’ he said.

The rain date will be Novem­ber 5. No al­co­hol, per­sonal fire­works, or dogs are al­lowed.

Novem­ber 4 is the date set for the an­nual pub­lic fire­works dis­play at Wai­heke Dirt Track at Rangi­houa. SI­MON BAKER

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