By Marion Low, Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group

Close to a thousand lanterns will float into the night sky at this year’s Infinite Energy Light Up Winter celebration. This beautiful display forms part of the family-friendly event to be held in the Cromwell Mall on Saturday 10thJuly 2021.

“The lantern release is such a beautiful moment,” says Gretchen Nightingale, Community Relationship Manager of the Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group (CDPG). “Watching the lanterns drift away is definitely not something you want to miss.”

The CDPG works closely with the fire brigade to ensure the conditions are suitable for the release and have a team of dedicated volunteers who follow and pick up the lanterns on the night and the morning after.

The lanterns provided by the CDPG are 100% biodegradable, wireless, and flame retardant, and other lanterns might not meet these quality standards, which might pose a health and safety risk and could be harmful to the environment.

 “Although our teams do their best, we know we might not find every single lantern,” says Gretchen. “That is why we ask that the public do not release any other lanterns that have not been bought through us.”

Tickets for the lanterns are now on sale from SBS Cromwell in The Mall (Mon-Fri, 9am – 3pm). They are also available for purchase online by depositing $10 (per lantern) into this bank account using your name as reference: 03-1369-0297988-01. Lanterns will be available for collection just before the release at 6pm from the SBS marquee on the Big Fruit Reserve.

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