A siren sounded part way through Mayor Alec Familton’s speech during the dinner which preceded the Oamaru Opera House Gala Showcase.
There was some initial confusion. But it soon became clear it wasn’t part of the enetertainment nor was it a hint the mayor had said enough.
A rehearsal of the pyrotechnics for the opening act had set off the smoke alarms so we all had to file out into the rain and wait for the fire brigade to arrive and declare a false alarm before we could go back in.
Not quite what was expected but given the spectacular nature of the pyrotechnics during the show, we could understand how it had happened.