Wednesday, 6 January 2016

New Year Fireworks in London

New Year's Eve fireworks at the London Eye

Here are links to a YouTube or Vimeo video that I made of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in London. My elder son and I were lucky to be in the second row slightly to the left of the London Eye on the crowded Thames Embankment. We stood directly opposite the well-lit Shell Building.

London’s New Year’s Eve event raised awareness of Unicef. It helps children in danger around the world. The proceeds will help the millions of displaced Syrian children who have been in our minds for much of 2015.

UNICEF: Help Keep Children Safe

We Brits have a reputation for liking queues... Even we began to question this when we couldn’t find the end of the queue for the Trafalgar Square entrance. At first, we thought it might stretch all the way down The Mall as far as Buckingham Palace. That proved not to be the case. Not quite that far anyway.

Security was high. Fireworks in Paris and Brussels were cancelled. They went ahead in London. We had to go through several staged bag checks and scans before getting in. The police were present in high numbers – on foot, on horseback and watching from helicopters above. They were good-humoured and professional.

Light display on London Eye

Building tension
It was a long wait for midnight. Luckily the rain held off and the music was great. There was also a great light show on the London Eye itself. The tension built.

I hope you enjoy my video of the main part of the evening.

Happy New Year!

Bonne année

Gutes Neues Jahr

¡Feliz año nuevo!

Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

New Year's Eve Fireworks at the London Eye

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