People of all ages gather to welcome in new year on Coast

Lauren , 2, and Christine Fox and Pamela Parfitt from Ipswich at the New Year's Eve celebrations at Torquay.
Lauren , 2, and Christine Fox and Pamela Parfitt from Ipswich at the New Year's Eve celebrations at Torquay. Alistair Brightman


REVELLERS welcomed in 2013 with the popping of champagne corks and fireworks across the Fraser Coast.

In Maryborough, families gathered at Newtown Oval to celebrate the arrival of the new year, with hundreds of people joining in the celebrations.

The Maryborough Cricket club hosted the event, with manager Andrew Burgess playing a key role in getting the celebrations organised.

It was the second year the club had hosted the event.

Last year, there had been no volunteers to host new year celebrations so the cricket club made a last-minute decision to host it, Andrew said.

That meant the club had not been able to prepare as much it would have liked.

This year the club made up for it, with rides, fireworks at 9pm, a band, an outdoor and indoor bar and lolly drops for the kids courtesy of the Maryborough Aeromoddlers Club.

"It was excellent. I can't complain at all," Andrew said.

Next year the event may well be bigger and better, with the club again planning to host the celebrations.

Depending on the amount of council support, there might even be midnight fireworks next year, Andrew said.

In Hervey Bay, people of all ages gathered in Torquay where a colourful fireworks display at 9pm entertained a tightly packed crowd.

Then the festivities got serious at licensed premises and restaurants until the clock ticked over to midnight.

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