Monday, October 4, 2010

Hamiltons biggest ever light show set to celebrate Bridge centenary

When Hamilton's Victoria Bridge turns 100 on Saturday 16 of October, residents from across the Waikato are invited to join in the celebration by watching the biggest light show ever to be staged in the city.

Event co-ordinator Lisa Pemberton of the Hamilton City Council says, “Hamilton is known for it’s bridges and the Victoria Bridge in Particular has played an extraordinary role in making the city what it is today. At different times in history it has united rival settlements, been front page news, saved residents from the perils of the punt, boosted trade and economic development, and been the home of the city’s first ever toll-booth library.

“Hamilton has a really rich history that a lot of people don’t know about. Take the Waikato Draught brewery for example, how many people know it was a woman – Mary Innes – who made it the success it is today? Victoria Bridge is at the heart of a lot of that history so it makes sense that the whole city should celebrate it turning 100.”

Victoria Bridge Centenary celebrations will be held throughout the afternoon and evening on Saturday 16 October. From 8pm at Memorial Park, the first ever viewing of Hamilton – The Movie will take place leading into the launch of Hamilton’s biggest ever light show - a large-scale public art installation set to ‘paint’ the full breadth of Victoria Bridge with interactive lighting designs.

Without sponsors Perry Foundation, Gallagher Trust, Mighty River Power, Hamilton, Opus International Consultants, Downer, Waikato Security Services, Traffic Management NZ and Hamilton East Community Trust this community event would not have been possible.

“Whether you’re bringing the kids down for the parade and family fun or dropping in to check out the big lights and find out Hamilton’s secrets on film, we’re encouraging everyone to come on down through out the day. Festivities run from 4-9.30pm so there’s definitely something to suit everyone,” Ms Pemberton says.

Hamilton Movie and Light show will be shown every 15 minutes from 8pm

Check out the city’s biggest light show ever performed to music and learn all about Hamilton’s secret past.

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