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People celebrate New Year in style

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Police report that it was a peaceful transition as people celebrated the New Year yesterday morning. Police media liaison officer Atunaisa Sokomuri said there
01 Jan 2009 12:00

image Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Police report that it was a peaceful transition as people celebrated the New Year yesterday morning.
Police media liaison officer Atunaisa Sokomuri said there were no major road accidents or robberies as people went out to enjoy the occasion with their families.
“Looking at the reports received from every centre around the country it was peaceful,” he said.
Mr Sokomuri said the major events organised around the country to celebrate the New Year also made their work much easier because they were family-orientated and alcohol- free.
He said such events changed peoples’ perspective as they came out to enjoy the occasion with their families knowing their safety was guaranteed.
“Since it was alcohol- free, police only had to monitor nightclub activities and other drinking spots which were easy to contain,’’ he said.
“I thank the organisers of the events for their initiative and the police force supports such positive events as it brings the people together.”
Meanwhile, the Suva street party went on as planned without any mishaps.
Total Events manager Loretta Jackson said hundreds attended the street party which was held at Albert Park for the first time.
“The turnout was really amazing, the number of people who attended was more than we expected,’’ she said.
A huge crowd gathered at the Albert Park in Suva last night to greet the New Year.
The street party which was organized by the Total Events Company and supported by Inkk Mobile was attended by hundreds of people.
Manager Loretta Jackson said the alcohol-free event was especially organised for families and friends to come down and enjoy the night in a safe atmosphere.
“This year the annual street party was held at Albert Park since we expected more than 30, 000 people to attend. This decision was made to avoid traffic congestion in the city and businesses along Victoria Parade would not be affected by the party.
“Right now looking at the crowds that are making their way to the ground, I can say that there will be thousands who will be attending this party.
“In previous years the party is usually held from the Bowling club to Southern Cross road, however this year we are expecting more people to attend the party so the park will cater for the number,” Ms Jackson said.
Ms Jackson said Albert Park accommodated for the large crowd that attended the party last night.
Meanwhile Vodafone Fiji Limited and the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited also held their New Year’s Party but this time it was held at the Vodafone Arena.
FBCL organizing committee member Lavenia Mar said compared to last year, FBCL planned to organize something different this year.
Suva City Council Deputy Mayor Josefa Gavidi said because of security reasons they preferred to have the party at Albert Park.
Police spokesperson Ema Mua confirmed police beefed up on security on roads and in the grounds to avoid any mishaps during the night.




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