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Sing Auld Lang Syne after Lollipop Hour

Sing Auld Lang Syne after Lollipop Hour at Civic Square

Both young and old will be entertained when it comes to ringing in the New Year at Civic Square to celebrate another mark of time. Gather your friends and family, and maybe your dancing shoes, and come along for 8pm on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday).

The Council’s Events Coordinator, Rebecca Hardie, says the little ones will be thrilled with their own countdown at 9pm, brought to them by The Beat Girls.

“It’s a great way to include those who can’t normally stay up until midnight,” she says. “Lollipop Hour with The Beat Girls kicks off at 8pm, where there’ll be bright costumes, games and old classics like My Boy Lollipop and What’s New Pussycat. After an hour of non-stop fun, the young ones are more than happy to go home after their very own countdown.”

MC Sheba will play a couple of tunes and introduce The Constituents, who will keep the party going with lots of soul and R&B numbers. Uncle Monkey will then ring in the New Year with upbeat indie-rock and crowd-pleasing covers – sure to keep the crowds jumping up and down in earnest for 2009.

Rebecca says people should be reminded that this is an alcohol-free event.

“It was always a family-friendly event,” says Rebecca. “But now with the 24-hour liquor ban, people should know not to bring any alcohol along.”

Weather predictions at the moment are for wet weather and northerlies on Wednesday. Come prepared with clothing for all seasons. If it looks like stormy weather is on the horizon, call the contact centre on 499 4444 for cancellations. We’ll also advise radio and TV channels during the day if the event has to be cancelled.

More details are available in NZCT Summer City brochures, which are available from Council service centres, libraries, pools and cafés around town. You can also check out details of the NZCT Summer City festival on the Council website, www.Wellington.govt.nz


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