Fireworks light up the sky at the Lighthouse Festival
A DECISION to run the Lighthouse Festival into the evening for the first time has paid off with record crowds soaking up the entertainment at the annual event on Saturday.
Committee spokesman David Wise said the new format worked extremely well.
"Some people came out during the afternoon and then we had another good wave of people in the evening - the crowd was just fantastic," he said.
"I would estimate at this stage it was in excess of 10,000. Normally we've had around 6000 or 7000 people...I would think we almost doubled that."
"The fact that going to night time we were able to put on the fireworks, some people came out for that and it was a bit of a draw card.
"We were also able to get a well recognised name like James Blundell."
Mr Wise said business sponsorship played a big role in the event's success.
"We've had an amazing amount of support from local businesses and I know that some events are doing it tough in terms of sponsorship but we've actually been able to get a record amount," he said.
"That support was awesome and was instrumental in allowing us to go into the night and do those extra things like the fireworks.
"We also had a record amount of entries in the art and photography exhibition and artists sold $2500 worth of art."