Festival of Lights attracts community, visitors

16:00, Jan 31 2011

Pukekura Park's lights may be switching off for the year, but their legacy continues to shine.

New Plymouth District Council's acting events manager Tricia Logan said a high number of people had again attended the Festival of Lights on-stage acts and summer scene activities. "We're seeing more and more people through the park and although it's a community event, we're getting those national and international visitors as well."

She said the council counted attendees at the Hatchery and Boat Shed Lawn performances each night and also those attending the summer scene events.

`We are very confident that well over 100,000 people attend the festival each year. Last year we had counters strategically placed, which endorsed this, and this year numbers were certainly way up there again, if not higher."

A favourite this year had been the main lake stage, which had added another dimension and given local singers a chance to perform. "We try and do something different each year and the pirates have also been a huge hit."

The heavens had also behaved, with just two events transferred to wet weather venues.

"We've had excellent overall feedback, particularly from families that have been going night after night.

"We are indebted to our sponsors though, because we just could not have the features without them."

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