Monday 19th September · Mike Smith
Although the saying is not so, it was second time lucky. On Friday night, a spectacular aquatic firework display was launched to bring the 125th anniversary of the festivities in honor of the Mare de Déu de Loreto to an end and on which all critical eyes were concentrated after the disappointment of the original display of September 8th.
It was easy to foresee that everything was going to turn out well. The strange thing was what happened that night when a computer error in the programming resulted in a messy, incomplete display that left more than half of the gunpowder unburned. The location of the castle in the middle of the bay (on platforms and floating more than 100 metres from the coast) and its assembly make it difficult to launch and react in case of error. That is why everything has to be computerized and that a simple mistake – which RICASA admits had never happened to it before – would be gargantuan. As it was.
Therefore, the expectations were maximum and the forecasts were fulfilled. La Grava Beach, Paseo Joaquín Sorolla, Paseo Marina Española, the Primer Montañar and even Cap de Sant Antoni – all crowded by people eager to watch the show. Also busy were the hospitality venues that saw an added incentive in this second chance.
The firework display, which burned through just over 43,000 euros according to municipal sources, was spectacular. According to RICASA, the set-up and structure were the same as those planned for the night of the 8th. There are those who point out that it added forcefulness. What it did have were three aquatic segments shot from the side platforms and a digitized programme fanned out from the three stands that are always the audience’s favourite parts. As a detail, in full outburst of white light and thunder at the end, a couple of red hearts slipped in. Yes, it was on purpose.