Crowds turn out for spectacular fireworks

01:10, Jul 19 2014
Blessing of the Fleet
SPECTACLE: Onlookers gather near the Seafarers’ Memorial on Nelson’s waterfront to watch the annual fireworks display ahead of today’s Blessing of the Fleet. 

Colourful sparkles lit up the clear winter sky across Nelson's harbour last night in anticipation for today's Blessing of the Fleet.

The annual fireworks display could be seen from Atawhai all the way down through Tahunanui.

Rocks Rd was packed with cars as young and old alike came out to enjoy the spectacle.

"Everything was perfect yesterday it was nice and still and dark as well so it went really, really well and we have a good forecast for today too," said Blessing of the Fleet organiser Mike Smith.

The official blessing of the region's fishing fleet for the coming season was to take place today from 12.30pm at Sunderland Marine Pier on Wakefield Quay.

Last night people took in the colourful fireworks from the boulevard and down on the rocks below.


Smith said it was "a very, very pleasant night" but it was difficult to estimate how many people were viewing as spectators were spread out across the city watching from the flat and the hills.

"I know we drove in and I couldn't park, so there were certainly a lot of people."

The fireworks were intentionally put on early so the "young ones" could come down and enjoy them.

Smith watched with his family from near the Sealord Rescue centre.

The fireworks and flares were launched from a loaned mussel farm boat with specialised pyrotechnics staff on-board. Firework Professionals from Christchurch provided the three-page list of supplies for the event, said Smith.

The Nelson Mail