Fireworks light the way for new pool sheds

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Last updated 11:00 20/11/2012
Bright Spark
Derek Flynn
Bright spark: Some of the fireworks in the Lights Over Marlborough show in Blenheim on Saturday night that raised more than $25,000 for Whitney Street School. bbPhoto: DEREK FLYNN/FAIRFAX NZ

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The Lights Over Marlborough fireworks display in Blenheim on Saturday night raised between $25,000 and $28,000.

The display was the major annual fundraiser for Whitney Street School.

Principal Alan Straker said while the official figure would not be known for another couple of weeks, he expected the total to exceed the $20,000 raised last year.

"It's really impressive," he said.

Money raised would go towards replacing the school's two swimming pool changing sheds, which were about 50 years old.

Work is expected to begin at the end of the swimming season in April.

Crowd numbers at the display on Saturday night were also slightly up on last year, with about 4000 people who paid to get in and at least 1000 children aged under 5 who got in for free.

About 230 fireworks worth $8000 were let off at the A&P Showgrounds.

Mr Straker was pleased at the well-behaved crowd and positive feedback from many people.

Much of the bad behaviour associated with events that attracted large crowds usually happened afterwards away from the venue, he said. Blenheim police, Armourguard and community volunteers provided security on the night.

Mr Straker acknowledged the Marlborough business community's support in supplying equipment such as tarpaulin poles, a stage for the band and donations for raffles.

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