Rockets lit the heavens as local windows and probably some dentures, were rattled by the explosions overhead. This was not a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo but Sparks 2017, where music and gunpowder form the perfect partnership. Crowds gathered early to picnic and be entertained by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Seated on rugs on the ground and in corporate marquees ,including Star Media’s, the audience waited in mounting anticipation for the first notes to play and the flaming bouquet to blossom in the sky. Following the aerial excitement, joyous folk young and old, journeyed home and the last wisps of smoke dissolved into the night.
PHOTOS: Gilbert Wealleans