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New Westminster Canada Day fireworks cancelled

There will be no fireworks over New Westminster on Canada Day.

The Hyack Festival Association, organizers of the show the previous two years, have not been able to find the funding to put it on.

They first put it on in 2009 as part of New Westminster's 150th birthday party, and although it was only intended as a one-year deal the association did it again last year.

They were shot off from a spot in Queensborough opposite the Quay. But the growing development there didn't not make that practical any longer, said Hyack executive director Melanie Vogel.

The alternative was to carry it out from a barge in the Fraser River. But there are higher costs involved in doing that and the association came up $1,500 short in trying to find enough funding for it. The city and Celebrate Canada, a federal government program, only provided funding in the first year because of the anniversary.

Hyack managed to continue with another show last year, but hasn't been able to find enough sponsorship this year, said Vogel.

Hyack also produces firework shows for its own festival in May and for FraserFest. There is enough sponsorship to go ahead at this year's version of FraserFest, July 22-24, said Vogel.

ggranger@newwestnewsleader.com

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