THOUSANDS DISAPPOINTED AS FIREWORK DISPLAY BECOMES A DAMP SQUID
Eva Tejedor / 2012-06-24 14:11:01
The anticipation was the highest it has been for years for the traditional Castle of Fireworks on Torrevieja’s waterfront. Unfortunately all did not go to plan and a glitch in the main circuits which trigger the fireworks seemed to be at fault, resulting in disappointment for an estimated ten thousand people stationed along the Paseo Juan Aparicio.
The entire waterfront area was filled to near capacity and anyone arriving after about 11.00pm was faced with either a long walk or a longer wait, to park in the fairground car park! A disappointing night for everyone.
At 11.55pm, three rocket flares were launched to announce to imminent display followed by; nothing! Time passed and eventually at about 00.45am, the announcement came that due to technical difficulties, the firework display was cancelled. PP Councillor for Fiesta’s, Lola Sanchez, was with the technical pyrotechnic company Cheste "Garuda" at the time and said that the company could not determine the causes of the failures that led to the suspension of the ‘castle’. The Town Council has been cleared of any liability or cost for the failure of the display and a press conference will follow with an explanation.
As the month of July draws to a close and Torrevieja’s new cultural program goes to press, there are still a few events worthy of consideration. Spain will play Portugal in one semi-final of Euro 2012 and it’s expected that the match will be broadcast in either the Virgen del Carmen or Municipal Theatre. If Spain reach the final, then the final will also be shown on a big screen, although nobody is counting any chickens just yet, so no announcements have been made. There is also live football happening this week with the inauguration of the very popular youth football tournament Torrevieja Cup (www.torreviejacup.es) , which starts on Wednesday with the inauguration, with games being played at the Sports City facility.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you have the European Festival taking place at Marina Salinas, with a multitude of activities to enjoy. On Friday night, in the Virgen del Carmen, Torrevieja’s Municipal Dance Schools offer ‘Versatile Dance’, a show covering many different dance styles including Oriental, Flamenco and Rock’n’roll. There is dance with a difference on Saturday as the musical ‘Quiero ser Artista’ is performed by Baile Payas in the Municipal Theatre. Both shows start at 9.00pm. Next week, more information will be announced with the publication of the Cultural program and the possibility exists that another ‘replacement’ Castle of Fireworks may be presented, as a fun event, to make up for the disappointment of ‘Noche de San Juan.’