The Border Watch : January 2nd 2015
2 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Families pack Mount Gambier ends year with M AL e McGREGOR ALEX firstname.lastname@example.org THOUSANDS of revellers gathered ansittart Park on Wednesday evening ahead of the countdown to see out 2014. CELEBRATIONS PRAISED: Mount Gambier Community Events Management Incorporated committee members Josh Lynagh and Maree Thompson were pleased with the attendance and behaviour of thousands of revellers during the fifth annual New Year’s Eve community celebrations at Vansittart Park. Residents queued outside the Wehl Street entrance to the fifth annual public Mount Gambier Community News Year’s Eve celebrations, waiting to take over the oval and enjoy the array of entertainment on offer. Jumping castles, sandpits, go-karts, merry-go-rounds, musicians and wrestlers were all ready to keep a large audience captivated as they awaited the countdown into the new year. Festive crowds were treated to spectacular fireworks displays and thousands turned their attention to the sky to witness the lightshow. Mount Gambier Community Events Management Incorporated committee member Josh Lynagh said the turnout and attendance at the event was extraordinary. “Just looking at the size of the crowd was enough to convince me that more people decided to attend the event this year,” he said. FUN NIGHT OUT: Ronan McKenzie and Jasper Whitehead joined Alex, Chris and Mercina Loupis at the oval ahead of the countdown into 2015. “I’m really happy people decided to stay at the oval after the fireworks had finished at 9.30pm, it was fantastic to see.” Mr Lynagh has played a key role on the committee this year, working hard to ensure a solid line-up of talent was served up on the night. “The night went well, the performers enjoyed themselves and there was a laid back and free flowing atmosphere, which made it relaxing for everyone involved,” he said. He said it was a difficult year for the committee after losing some key members, but he was pleased with the strong attendance and support from the community on the night. “It is a great reward for us to see so many people come along and enjoy what we have worked so hard on all year,” he said. “The committee stuck together and I’m grateful that the celebrations continued again this year. “The community really expect the event to be held every year, so it is important that we work hard as a committee to find a way to make it happen.” Elijah De-Rivas, 15, said the celebrations were a great way to usher in the new year. “I really enjoyed the wrestling and the entertainment overall was fantastic,” he said. “I enjoyed sharing the evening with my friends.” For future New Year’s Eve celebra- tions at the venue, Elijah said he would like to see more actors take to the stage. “I think it would be great to see performers re-enact scenes from popular movies,” he said. “What is already on offer is fantastic though and I really enjoyed the wrestling again this year.” Meanwhile, Rebekah Tilley said the event created a fantastic family atmosphere. “There were plenty of activities for the kids this year,” she said. CELEBRATION: Henryetta Lock and Amy-Jade McKenzie take a look at the activities during the New Year’s Eve event. COONAWARRA VIGNERONS’ CUP THURSDAY 8 JANUARY 2015 ClassicBet Penola Racecourse General Admission $15 | Concession $10 Winning Post Marquee $110pp includes entry, gourmet lunch and drinks package For more information and bookings phone Jim May on 0412 995 789 t o a 662012 2 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 2, 2015 SAND FUN: Tate Millowick, 1, gets creative in the giant sandpit at the Mount Gambier Community New Year’s Eve celebrations. THERE’S N BEING I u Fam r u s n d e e shuttle b f r o m a t c r k !
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