New Year on Royal to go off with a bang . . . twice

YESTERDAY'S cool, blustery conditions were just nature's way of ensuring perfect conditions for this evening's New Year on Royal celebrations, organising committee chairwoman Lou Clark said.

Ms Clark said that the event, run by the Festivale committee, had attracted a strong community following since moving from York Park about five years ago.

``People really like the Royal Park venue - people can bring a chair, picnic and rug and just plonk themselves down and enjoy the event or buy their food or drink from any of the 20 food, beer and wine stalls,'' she said.

``It's really important that the city offers something on New Year's Eve, especially for families.

``Just a reminder for those who intend bringing a picnic, no glass may be brought in and, as this is a licensed event, no alcohol may be brought in either.

``Plastic New Year's Eve glasses will be on sale, but people are welcome to bring their Festivale glasses if they want.

``All our entertainment this year is local, with headline act Juliane Di Sisto performing from 10.15-11pm and 11.15pm until midnight.

``There are lots of free activities to keep the kids occupied for a few hours.

``There will again be two fireworks displays, one at 9.30pm and the second at midnight and as both will be set off from a barge in the middle of the Tamar River, it should be quite spectacular.''

Ms Clark said that New Year on Royal was a lovely family night and she expected about 5000 people to attend.

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