Lighting up the sky

Spectacular fireworks at Manfeild

IAIN SCOTT
Last updated 09:00 08/02/2014
Crowds watch in awe as fireworks give the night sky a splash of colour over Manfeild

LIGHT SHOW: Crowds watch in awe as fireworks give the night sky a splash of colour over Manfeild on the eve of the New Zealand Grand Prix.

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A fun fair, motorcycle stunts and drifting cars drew a crowd of hundreds to Feilding, but the star of the show was clearly the fireworks.

The Manawatu Fireworks Spectacular returned to Manfeild last night on the eve of the New Zealand Grand Prix.

Before the light show, visitors were treated to driver signings, side shows, live music, and drifting demonstrations.

Darren Foley, of Palmerston North, was there with son Brandon, 11, and daughter Letisha, 9.

"We came for the sideshows, the entertainment and the fireworks," he said.

"Every year there's fireworks, we come. The kids enjoy it and it saves me from buying it."

Brandon said he especially enjoyed "the big ones". He said the fireworks in Feilding were better than any he had seen in Palmerston North.

He also enjoyed watching the drifting demonstration.

Letisha said she enjoyed the fair. She had been on the dodgems and The Hurricane rides.

Ray Hemopo, of Marton, said he brought his family to see the cars and fireworks after his father-in-law told him they were worth seeing.

"It's for the kids," he said.

Last night was the first time Holly Cunningham, of Palmerston North, had been to the event.

"I brought the kids to see the cars and the fireworks," she said.

For Ella, 8, the fireworks were the highlight.

"It's really bright and colourful, quite sparkly and cool," she said. "I like the really colourful ones."

Justin, 5, was not quite as enthusiastic.

He said he liked the fireworks "a little bit" and preferred the "ones that swirl in the air".

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- Manawatu Standard

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