THOUSANDS of people flocked to the Town of Bassendean’s Australia Day Fireworks event last night, after the City of Perth’s Skyworks was cancelled due to a plane crash, according to the Town’s chief executive.
Pilot Peter Lynch and female passenger Endah Cakrawati died in a plane crash just three hours ahead of yesterday’s planned event.
The Town’s annual display was held at Ashfield Reserve and boasted live entertainment, kids activities and Perth Glory player appearances.
Chief executive Bob Jarvis said Police counted about 15,000 people an hour before the fireworks commenced.
Mr Jarvis said thousands of people came late and watched the show from the railway station but it was hard to estimate an exact figure.
He said many extra people turned up after the City of Perth’s event was cancelled.
About 15,000 people attended last year’s event.