Pet-friendly new year for Plett
Cape Town - Plettenberg Bay will celebrate the arrival of the new year with pet-friendly flying lanterns, rather than the traditional fireworks, Bitou Tourism said on Wednesday.
Mayor Lulama Mvimbi has endorsed the "Sky Lantern Spectacle" which will take place on Central Beach at midnight on Friday.
The lanterns are made with paper on a bamboo frame, are silent and therefore pet friendly, and make an "awesome" spectacle as they rise up to 300m into the night sky before extinguishing.
"The campaign offers a more responsible and animal-friendly alternative to the traditional fireworks and will see hundreds of revellers releasing sky lanterns with personalised messages at the stroke of midnight," Bitou Tourism said.
The town will at the same time seek to establish a record for the largest number of sky lanterns released simultaneously.
Part of the campaign includes a donation to animal welfare organisation PAWS, which had also endorsed the campaign.
Over 4 000 lanterns were being distributed through branches of Plett Sports in the town.