Good times roll at evening gala

23:00, Nov 16 2012
water walkers
BUBBLE RAPT: The water walkers were a sellout attraction at the Hampden Street School gala last night.

People jumped through hoops, walked on water and were hungry for more at a potentially record-breaking Hampden Street School gala.

The school's fundraising committee chairwoman, Kate Cronin, said today an estimated 3000 people attended the gala from 5pm to 8.30pm last night.

The number far exceeded last year's attendance and could be an all-time record, she said.

One of the biggest attractions was the water walkers, a new event where children could climb inside giant plastic bubbles floating in a pool of water and run around inside them.

"From 5pm to 8.30pm, every five-minute slot for the water walkers was taken. It was a fantastic response to a new site - we were just trialling it," she said.

Other popular features included the Sprig and Fern stall, offering beer and cider, as well as the fish 'n' chips stall run and sponsored by the Wakatu Rotary Club, which sold out of food by the end of the evening.

Gala visitors were also lining up to leap over hurdles and jump through tyres on an army assault course run by the Nelson Cadet Unit.

A lot of new people outside the school community were drawn to the gala because of the entertainment, a Fresh Choice-sponsored art exhibition featuring artists' work from around the region, and tasty food.

Mrs Cronin was unsure how much money was raised, but said some of it would go towards the senior school classroom renovation.


The Nelson Mail