Lions bring back fireworks display

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 09:00 14/09/2013

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Manawatu fireworks fans will still be able to get a supersized fix on Guy Fawkes Day this year, with Palmerston North stepping into the void created by the axing of Feilding's hugely popular annual display.

The Manawatu Fireworks Spectacular was held at Manfeild until a funding feud between Feilding Promotion and the Manawatu District Council put the lights out.

But Kairanga Lions, which helped run the Feilding event, has resurrected the show.

Carol Kelly, of Kairanga Lions, said Manfeild still did a fireworks display during the Royal Show in December, but there was nothing for those on Guy Fawkes Day in November.

"We're not trying to put down the Manfield option. What they do is great, but people love to see fireworks for Guy Fawkes.

"We thought we needed to do something, rather than people wandering the streets on that night."

Thanks to sponsorship from Destination Manawatu, Property Brokers, Latitude Homes, InspireNet, Norwood and Hotel Coachman, a display would be put on in Palmerston North on November 5.

Mrs Kelly said the Lions had been doing fireworks somewhere in Manawatu since 1975, so it was only natural for them to keep it going.

It was hoped Feilding residents would make the trek to Palmerston North for the display, as those from the city often went to Feilding for displays in the past, she said.

The display would be launched from Anzac Park, which she said should provide some great views.

"The idea is to stop people having their little backyard things and get them to look up at an amazing display.

"It's providing some choice as to how you want to be entertained."

The group had to gain permission from the city council and local iwi to put the display on, as Anzac Park was a pa site.

"They've both been wonderful though," Mrs Kelly said.

Having the display go off from Anzac Park would ensure a good view for most of the city, she said.

The display will fire up about 9pm on November 5.

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