On a cold, crisp night in Methven last Sunday evening, over 1000 people came along to the second Lighting Up Ceremony.
Bouncy castles, a small market, coffee and even an ice-cream van kept families busy whilst Robbie Giddens and Amelia James played live music from the Wareings truck stage.
A Procession of homemade lanterns were on display as the Lantern Parade came down past The Crossroads Restaurant and onto the square.
Richard Sheppard, Chairperson of Methven Action Committee (MAC) was really pleased with how the evening went. “It’s great to see so many people here tonight and the feedback has been really positive. The Lantern Parade was amazing with around 50 children taking part. Any donations for the parade can be brought to Cinema Paradiso for us to pass onto the Methven Care Trust. We will have a donation box available for the next few weeks.
The first prize of a family dinner for four at Crossroads and a family Cinema Paradiso ticket was awarded to Piper for her winning lantern. If Piper could come to the cinema to pick up her prizes and have a photograph taken we would be most grateful.”
Polly Gillespie from The HITS flew in from Wellington to officially turn on the lights and after a countdown and loud signal to the waiting technicians, all the lights turned on to a round of applause.
The Christchurch based Fire Troupe headed by Cameron Taylor then came centre-stage and thrilled the crowd with an amazing show of fire eating and fire twirling. They enjoyed it so much that they have requested to return to Methven for the event next year on Sunday 4th June 2017!
Polly said afterwards, “What a beautiful little town, everyone has been so welcoming and warm. I have had a fantastic time and it was an honour to be asked to turn on the lights.”
It was great to see the white lights along Main Street, around Big Als store and The Crossroads restaurant lit up in red. As we walked home we could see this year’s extension of the lights going part way up Forest Drive, into McMillan Street and the Anglican Church lit up in green looked amazing.
Richard would personally like to thank Hamish, OJ and Rob for helping to put up the lights. Amelia James and Robbie Giddens for providing the live music. Viv Barrett for transporting the fire troupe from Christchurch, Tony Wood for providing the transport. Philip Wareing for providing the truck for the stage. EA Networks for ensuring the lights went on. Mount Hutt Motels for providing the accommodation for Polly and Tim and Ritchie Owen from Mount Hutt for taking Polly and Tim up the mountain. Thank you to anyone else that may have inadvertently been forgotten. And finally a thank you to the Methven Community for supporting this event. Look forward to seeing you all again next year!
If anyone would like to be the main sponsor of this event next year please contact Richard on 027 309 8233 or OJ on 021 743 394.