Big day at The Rooty Hill a 'wonderful success'

AUSTRALIA Day celebrations rocked for 15,000 patriotic revellers at The Rooty Hill on Sunday.

People of all ages gathered to attend Blacktown Council's alcohol-free and family-friendly event.

There was entertainment for everyone: from amusement rides, a parachute jump and the biggest Australian flag in the southern hemisphere to a jam-packed line-up of bands playing Aussie hits.

Many who were there said the fireworks display was one of the best.

The night capped off a busy day of celebrations in Blacktown City, which started with breakfast at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

"Blacktown's Australia Day festivities were a wonderful success, despite the threat of rain," a council spokeswoman said.

"The council has received wonderful feedback about the entertainment and rides.

"We would like to thank Blacktown residents for supporting the night."

Headline acts The Collective and inaugural The Voice winner Darren Percival were very popular.

"Darren Percival was a big hit," the spokeswoman said.

"People were dancing and singing, and he interacted with the crowd very well."

The council's I Love Blacktown Facebook page was inundated with positive feedback for the event.

One claimed it was the best council-run event he'd seen in a while. There was also praise on the Star's Facebook page for the way the event had been organised.

"We could hear the music and see the fireworks from my parents' place at Rooty Hill.

"It was spectacular," Anna Louise Barbagallo posted.

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