NYE 2014: Have a ball or watch the sky

EDITORIAL: Play it safe for the New Year

FREE fireworks over Wodonga, two firework displays in Corowa and a B& S ball at Holbrook are just some of tonight’s New Year’s Eve events on the Border.

Wodonga’s event at Birallee Park is a family oriented night of food, fun and fireworks, hosted by the Wodonga Raiders Football Club and Wodonga Council.

Gates open at 5pm and fireworks will light up the sky between 9pm and 10pm.

At Corowa, revellers can relax at Rowers Park by the Muray River while they take in the family friendly atmosphere, with adult entry $10 and children free.

There will be two firework displays, one at the earlier time of 9.30pm for those with children.

The event kicks off at 6pm, with Billy Dee performing.

At Holbrook, about 1200 people are expected to fill the racecourse for the town’s popular B & S Ball.

Goulburn’s Lydia Thorn, who has attended three previous balls, was yesterday already camped at the racecourse with her friends.

“It’s the best ball about, no better way to spend New Year’s Eve than in Holbrook,” she said.

“There’s great music, it’s great value for money and we are allowed swimming pools.

“The guy who fills up all our pools is a champion.”

Last year’s ball raised about $25,000, which was donated to community organisations at Holbrook.

It will be the first ball since the Holbrook bypass opened in August.

This year’s theme for the event is “you can’t bypass the old route”.

Rydges Albury has organised a masquerade ball for those who enjoy listening to music while being wined and dined.

Catering and group sales manager Kirsty Tomas said $95 tickets were still available for the three-course meal and drinks.

“We encourage people to put on a party mask and dance the night away,” she said.

“The feedback we have been given is that there’s a lot for young people to do on New Year’s Eve, but nothing for those in their mid-30s or so.”

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