Fireworks celebrate New Year
IF you haven’t got your New Year’s Eve plans in place by now, there’s still time... just.
Most hotels and clubs in the region have entertainment booked for the big night, ranging from blues at Nymboida to husky rock and roll in Wooli.
But be warned – some venues require tickets and others will be closed before the countdown.
The Brooms Head Bowling Club will close at 11pm in an effort to curb antisocial behaviour by New Year’s revellers.
The club introduced the early closure last year and police reported Brooms Head had one of its most trouble-free nights in years.
But that’s not to say the Brooms Head Bowling Club won’t be throwing a party on the last night of the year.
The Ford Brothers, from the Lower Clarence, will be playing from 6.30pm until 10.30pm, perfect entertainment for all the family.
Another venue closing its doors before the countdown is the Block Bar and Cafe at Yamba’s YHA backpackers.
The Block is offering a package deal of entertainment, food and alcohol for $90 from 7.30pm until 11.30pm, at which time everyone will be shuffled up the hill to watch the midnight fireworks.
But there are two hotels along the Clarence Coast that will stay open for the countdown – the Wooli Motel Hotel and the Pacific Hotel in Yamba.
The Wooli Hotel has Clarence Valley’s long-time rockers Los Garbos playing into the night, and entry is free.
But up the coast at Yamba, entry to the Pacific Hotel will be by ticket only and according to publican Jack McIntosh, tickets are selling fast.
“They’ll be all sold before the night so people will have to be quick to get one,” Mr McIntosh said.
As well as the band Three Quarter Hazel playing throughout the night, the Pacific Hotel will also be the prime location to watch the annual midnight fireworks display.
Mr McIntosh said it was the 18th year the hotel had provided the free fireworks display over Main Beach and it was expected to be bigger and better than ever.
For a full list of what’s on across the Valley tonight, check out our New Years guide.