Crowd switched on for lights party

Last updated 05:00 25/01/2014

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Equipped with fish and chips, blankets and their best party clothes, children and adults came out to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Lights.

About 400 people filled the Pukekura Park playground for an evening of music, dance and party games.

The popular Magical Flower Fairies appeared for their 12th year, and entertained children with pass the parcel, conga line, snowball waltz, and pinata.

Friends Betty Simpson and Marie Mawhinney sat back and watched while great-granddaughter Hillary, 6, and granddaughter Tegan, 11, played on the playground.

The 71-year-old had been to the lights last weekend, and hoped to go back tonight to catch Shaskeen Reel perform and bring the TSB Bank-sponsored festival to a close for the year.

"I've only been coming along for the last couple of years, but 60 years is a good achievement," she said.

The New Plymouth District Council put on the event, providing free snacks, $1 ice blocks and face painting.

The children's party was followed by performances by Ash and Aidan on the Fred Parker Lawn and Singer Songwriters New Plymouth on the Hatchery Lawn.

Tonight is the final night for the festival, with performances by Nathan Annand and Shaskeen Reel.

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