Candles scarce as crowd overflows

Annual event a success

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 16/12/2013
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ANDY JACKSON/FAIRFAX NZ

CROWDED HOUSE: A near capacity crowd turned up for last night’s Christmas at the Bowl held at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth.

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Santa delivered the great weather organisers of last night's Christmas at the Bowl hoped for.

A near-capacity crowd poured into the TSB Bowl of Brooklands for an evening of entertainment provided by a host of Taranaki talent.

Acts included the Upbeat Glee Club, singer Estella Winnie-McGee and performances from the Waitara and New Plymouth Zumba groups.

The night was capped off by a spectacular fireworks display.

This year's event was so popular volunteers ran out of candles to give to people coming through the gates.

Urenui Lions volunteer Ian Vickers said this had only happened once before in the history of the event.

The annual event, which has become a Christmas tradition in the city, provides a range of family-friendly entertainment all for the cost of a gold coin donation.

Jocelyn Bibby of New Plymouth said her family came every year and they loved the atmosphere.

"It's a good family time," she said.

Ray Fordyce said the nice weather was the main reason he came along.

The 86-year-old said he knew a lot of Christmas carols as he often played them on his keyboard at home.

"I've seen a lot of Christmases," he said.

Those in attendance were able to end their evening with a walk through the TSB Bank Festival of Lights display.

The display opened last night and runs until January 25.

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