Thousands brave chill to turn out or Oamaru on Fire

June 10, 2019 - 173 views

After a controversial lead-up, Oamaru on Fire in Harbour St on Saturday attracted crowds of people.

With flames bursting from cannons, fire dancers and fireworks keeping in theme with the event's name, there was a whole lot more to experience in the Victorian precinct's main street.

Thousands of people, including many families, marvelled at the sight of moving light images and murals projected on to the front of the precinct's historic buildings.

A few classic cars, including Kitt from television series Knight Rider and a time-travelling Delorean from the Back to the Future trilogy, were on display, as stormtroopers and an imperial officer from the Star Wars franchise did the rounds to ensure order was kept.

Darth Vader also enjoyed the evening and, quite strangely, seemed to get on like a house on fire with a Jedi who also came along.

Magician Jonathan Usher kept people's minds off the cold with his brand of entertainment, and several firefighters from the Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade showed the dangerous side of fire with a demonstration of just how quickly it could spread, in the form of the pot left on a stove.

The evening concluded with a fireworks extravaganza about 9pm.

Opshop frontman Jason Kerrison had been scheduled to perform, but was delayed in the North Island.

Last month, organiser Anton Roswell dismissed claims by some in Oamaru the event created confusion in the town as the Steampunk NZ Festival was held there over Queen's Birthday Weekend.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher was among those who expressed concern about the timing.


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