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HSBC Celebration of Light Fireworks at English Bay in Vancouver

Jul 26, 2006

By Catherine Barr


The annual HSBC Celebration of Light draws hundreds of thousands of fireworks fans into the West End every year. This year, for the first time ever, four countries (Italy, China, Czech Republic and Mexico) will compete in front of a panel of judges chosen from the many sponsors that support the event. Every fireworks night, these VIPs and their guests gather at the Boathouse Restaurant for a pre-show cocktail party and elegant dinner before turning their discerning eyes to the skies for the big show.

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Guest Blair Murdoch and fireworks committee member Emily Edwards were among the VIPs there on opening night.
Jennifer Thompson and Neil Macrae
Lindi Liebrandt, seen here with guest Sebastian Krzywania, won her spot as an honoured judge through the TELUS "Improve your View" contest.
Advertising mainstay Frank Palmer, who is also this year's committee chairman, welcomed guests alongside his beautiful wife Marika.
Global National anchor Tara Nelson (left) came out to see the show with long time friend and co-worker Jill Krop, who is also one of this year's judges.
This year's head judge is Scott Roberts, general manager of Gray Line West and partner to the Rocky Mountaineer train tours.
Boathouse manager Michael Satchwell (left) and server Matthew Orr, posed beside this year's official fireworks poster, created by Vancouver's own Tiko Kerr.



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