Josh, 9, Matt, Emily, 7, Jo and Sophie, 5, Coates, of Mole Creek. Pictures: GEOFF ROBSON Rianon Terry, Lachlan Riley, four months, and Krystine Jeffrey, of Devonport.

Dale and Trudy Chivers, of Turners Beach.

Angela Edwards, of Lower Barrington, Richard Howells, of Devonport, and Sheree Whittington, of Don.

A CROWD of more than 6000 people saw in the new year at Devonport’s inaugural Lantern Dreams Festival, and more than 10,000 graced the waterfront at Burnie’s Night on the Terrace.

The Devonport event was a revamp of the annual Eve in the City celebration and saw the public decorating lanterns with their wishes, thoughts, dreams and aspirations for council staff to release into the waters of the Mersey River.

Unfortunately due to the tides pushing the lanterns back on to the rocks, they were instead displayed on the footpath, with as many as possible being released into the water throughout the evening.

Braddon Liberal MHA Adam Brooks said it was a fantastic night for the community.

“There are more people here than we expected, it has turned out to be a fantastic community event and just looking around at all the smiles on the kids’ faces says it all,” he said.

Devonport Mayor Steve Martin said there was barely a spot spare as people lined both sides of the river to be entertained by acts like the beautiful voice of Erin Self, adorned in festive red.

This was followed by the first display of about $10,000 worth of fireworks, sponsored by PowerTek Australia, which lit up the sky at 9.30pm, and was followed by the midnight display at the countdown finale.

The fireworks show was created by pyrotechnics company Howard & Sons, which is known for its spectacular displays at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies, as well as previous Melbourne and Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Burnie’s Night on the Terrace kicked off at 5.30pm with the early focus being on the children, with activities like roving characters and face painting and also the popular Burnie Bay Criterium cycling race which started at 6pm.

Music on the main stage started at 7.30pm with Abbey Road, Nine Lives and Victor Charlie Charlie, who played till the early morning on the waterfront.

There was also a beach bonfire and two fireworks displays – one at 9.30pm for the kids and then again at midnight.

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons said he was extremely happy with the event.

“The weather was in our favour and families are enjoying themselves, it’s a brilliant finish to the year,” he said.

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