Goodbye 2012 and hello 2013!

OUT WITH A BANG: Families enjoy the fireworks spectacular at North Ipswich Reserve last night.
OUT WITH A BANG: Families enjoy the fireworks spectacular at North Ipswich Reserve last night. David Nielsen

IPSWICH brought in 2013 in style last night as a spectacular fireworks display lit up the night sky.

Jugglers, performers and musicians kept the large crowd at North Ipswich Reserve entertained before the 8pm fireworks burst into view.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the night was a perfect way to celebrate the old year and welcome in the new one.

"The Christmas Carols were fantastic and the New Year's Eve celebrations were just as good," he said.

"I love to see the joy on the kids faces when the fireworks go off. You feel proud knowing that we can have fireworks in Ipswich and that people don't have to drag themselves off to Brisbane. We are a city that has matured and grown up

"The night was all about family celebration. The city has done really well this year and what we wanted to do was bring in the new year in an affordable manner for families with free entertainment. It is a great way to do it."

Ipswich's Scott Trudgett said the fireworks and free entertainment were a major drawcard as he relaxed on a rug and took in the festivities with wife Tanay and four children.

"We are after a family night, alcohol free and with the fireworks on nice and early it is something the kids can enjoy ... and they do love fireworks," he said.

"It is good that is free. We don't have to worry about setting up too much or bringing lots of money."

Kerri Garioth was enjoying the night with grand-daughter Anabelle Steinhardt, who was tucking into fairy floss.

Ms Garioth said the night was "wonderful."

"It is totally free and the fireworks are on nice and early," she said.

Cr Pisasale said 2011 and 2012 had provided immense challenges following the floods, but that they proved how resilient Ipswich community.

Topics:  fireworks, new year's eve, north ipswich reserve, paul pisasale



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