Coldstream fireworks postponed

A Coldstream tradition is being postponed for a good cause.

Halloween fireworks at Kal Beach will not occur this year because the Coldstream Fire Department wants to support wildfire relief efforts in B.C., and particularly communities like 150 Mile House where some members helped with the response.

“The guys wanted to put the money where it will make a difference this year,” said Dave Sturgeon, fire chief.

A boot drive is usually held to raise funds for the fireworks, but instead, the drive will collect community donations for the Red Cross’ fire relief campaign.

It will be held Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at College Way and Kalamalka Road and at the Coldstream boundary on Middleton Way.

Along with wanting to help fire relief, the other reason for postponing the Oct. 31 fireworks is the damage caused to the Kal Beach pier by flooding. Repairs mat not be completed by Halloween.

The Coldstream Fire Department has held Halloween fireworks for about 30 years.

“It was a tough decision,” said Sturgeon of cancelling this year’s show because it’s always popular with residents.

“We will be back next year for sure.”

The Lavington Fire Department will continue to provide a Halloween fireworks show in 2017.

“With the anticipation of a larger crowd, the Lavington fire hall will be working towards putting on the biggest and best fireworks display in recent memory,” states a release from the District of Coldstream.