Get ready to count in the New Year

Is there any better way to count in the New Year than with midnight fireworks?

They may not be as big as Sydney’s world-renowned spectacular display, but Eden’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are the most family-friendly, accessible and fun fireworks you may ever experience.

The crowd countdown commences just before midnight, and the fireworks will drown out the final count of ‘zero’.

Graham Gray, president of fireworks organiser the Eden Social Service Club (ESSCI), says this year there is even more to celebrate because it’s the tenth anniversary of the fireworks.

“We’ve been doing this for ten years,” Mr Gray said.

“It just wouldn’t happen if we didn’t get support from the likes of the Bega Valley Shire Council and major supporters the Gateway Holiday Park, The Garden of Eden Caravan Park, Eden Tourist Park, Eden Lioness Club and other sponsors Eden Tyre Service, Rankin Builders and the Eden Fishermen’s Recreation Club.”

It may be a midnight event but that doesn’t deter families from being big supporters of the fireworks.

“The fireworks will start at midnight. We never have had an early show although some people say we have. It will be a show fairly similar in size and length to the one at the 2013 Whale Festival. Lots of people get down there to see it – it’s a real family affair,” Graham said.

Accredited pyrotechnicians Dave and Ella Hanshaw from Burragate set up and put the fireworks on.

ESSCI provide security and crowd management; “Although we’ve never had any problems!” Graham says.

“On the night we go down and help put the lights on, put up some barricades to keep people the proper distance away from the fireworks and we are here to see nobody interferes with them” he said.

The fireworks will be set up on the Barclay Street sports grounds.

ESSCI will be on hand again in the morning to clean up any remaining paper and cardboard left over from the fireworks display.

Everyone is invited to come down and join us to enjoy this spectacular display as we count down 2013 and welcome in 2014

“It’s a great, fun night,” Graham says.

“Come on down and join us on New Year’s Eve. You are all welcome.”

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