Coast gets ready to party

CELEBRATE WITH A BANG: Fireworks will be a highlight of the New Year’s Eve celebrations at both Burnie and Devonport tonight. Picture: Stuart Wilson.DESPITE being lashed by rough weather over the last few days, organisers of both Devonport and Burnie’s New Year’s Eve celebrations aren’t worried about the forecast.

Both Burnie and Devonport will be spared heavy winds and showers with the weather clearing late afternoon.

Weatherzone meteorologist Anthony Duke said early New Year’s Eve would be slightly breezy with winds coming from the North-West in the afternoon.

“There will be winds of 35km/h. They will ease into the overnight periods, and by midnight they will be more likely 20km/h,” he said.

The organiser of the A Night on the Terrace event in Burnie, Jenny Cox, said they had sourced extra sandbags just in case the weather turned sour.

“Our event is on the beach so it will be really exposed,” she said.

“The fire brigade and shot firer will make the final decision on the bon fire and fireworks. If it were forecast to be bucketing down, then the event would be cancelled, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.”

Eve in the City organiser Maree Brodzinski said the Devonport event would go ahead unless there was torrential rain.

“At the moment the plan is to still go ahead,” she said.

“The event will still happen and we’re still hoping to have fireworks at 9.45pm and midnight.”

If it did rain, Ms Brodzinski said they wouldn’t be able to move the event due to its size.

Both organisers said they would keep an eye on the weather today.

Burnie and Devonport start their celebrations at 5.30pm and 6pm respectively.

A Night on the Terrace will include the Burnie Bay Criterium in the CBD featuring some of the world’s best cyclists, sci-fi characters roaming the foreshore and an Instagram challenge where party-goers can win a trip to Melbourne.

Devonport will have its Dream Festival where attendees can purchase a lantern and celebrate the past year and ring in the new one by writing on the lantern and placing it in a special garden.

Both Burnie and Devonport will have live music and of course fireworks for families and again at the stroke of midnight.

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