Fireworks to bring in 2023

Father Anthony Koppman (aka Father Crackers) and his Therapy Chaplain Dog “Veena”
20th Dec 2022

Whenever we think of fireworks and New Year’s Eve we recall one of the best known fireworks displays in the world held in and around Sydney Harbour.
Guyra is certainly a long way down the list of New Year’s Eve displays, but this year residents will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display of our own.
Although we don’t have a harbour, Guyra does have a close connection with a Pyrotechnics Priest known as Holysmoke or as some refer him as Father Crackers.
Many can recall when Fr. Anthony was our parish priest at Saint Mary of the Anglels Catholic Church. Although now stationed at Tamworth he will be back in town on New Year’s Eve to light up the sky and provide what could be known as “Australia’s highest New Year’s Eve Fireworks display” !
Everyone is invited to share in the excitement and spectacle of what will be a special event for Guyra. Father Anthony promises to put a smile on the faces of young and old.
“I have been working on this display for some time to create a spectacle of colour and unique effects,” Fr. Anthony said.
“It has been a tough year for all of us as a community and I look forward to bringing back the joy and happiness that unites us in a spirit of support to each other.”
Fr. Anthony’s Holysmoke is now in its 21st year providing displays to various community groups and events throughout our region. For so many it has been a star in the dark sky to light up our communities as we look forward to a brighter new year.
Armidale Regional Council has been extremely supportive of this event which first started in Armidale 12 years ago by Fr. Anthony.
“I went around collecting funds from various businesses so a display could be provided at no cost to the community where families could celebrate in a safe and enjoyable place to watch the fireworks just like Sydney enjoy,” he said.
“Over the years, it has become an event that draws huge crowds and many families look forward as part of their celebrations.”
This year Armidale will have the usual 9pm display at Rologas Sports Field and for the first time Guyra will have its very own New Year’s Eve display also at 9pm.
An invitation is extended to all the Guyra Community and visitors to gather around the Guyra Recreation Ground (Ted Mulligan Oval) for the 9pm display.  
“Let’s say goodbye to the end of the year and welcome a new year with the enthusiasm and support of each other that makes Guyra a town we are all proud of.
“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Guyra and lets start the year with a happiness and joy.”
Fr. Anthony has one last piece of advice - don’t forget to care of your pets before coming to watch the display.