Sparks fly as Splash Festival highlight backfires Splash Festival highlight backfires

Zandile Mbabela

POOR planning and bad weather put a damper on Nelson Mandela Bay’s flagship Splash Festival, with stallholders complaining that they had lost, rather than made, money this weekend.

And the fireworks display last night turned into a damp squib when the pyrotechnics were set off more than 90 minutes early.

The display was scheduled to start at 8pm – but went ahead at 6.30pm instead, disappointing thousands who arrived too late.

Earlier yesterday, about 1000 people took advantage of clearer skies to head to Hobie Beach after nearly two days of no Splash action.

While organisers Soul Good said the event had been “a success” considering the late start to organising the R1-million event and the relentless rain, some stallholders said they lost money as they effectively had only one day to sell their goods. Only 90 of the expected 130 stallholders actually pitched up.

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