Happy New Year
1 January 2017 News
London rings in 2017 with spectacular fireworks display as people around the world enjoy fantastic celebrations
- One million people were in London on Saturday to watch the spectacular fireworks display in the capital
- A total of 12,000 fireworks painted the night sky of London during the Mayor’s showcase display on January 1
- The countdown lasted a second longer than usual to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth’s rotation
It was the first time where people without tickets were able to view the fireworks from three locations through a 360 degree live feed on the BBC that started at 11.50pm.
This year’s feverish countdown also lasted longer than usual – an extra second – as a so-called ‘leap second’ is introduced to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth’s rotation.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he had been concerned ‘bearing in mind what happened in Berlin about safety in London’, but that it had been a great Christmas.
Wishing everybody a happy new year he added: ‘People are optimistic about the future, even people who maybe were down in the dumps about the vote to leave the EU, as Remainers understand that actually now we’ve got to make a success of it.
People lined the streets on the bank of the River Thames and were standing opposite the London Eye waiting for the fireworks display to start
A total of 12,000 fireworks painted the night sky of London during the Mayor’s showcase display on the banks of the River Thames. The spectacular fireworks display started on the stroke of midnight and lit up the night sky in central London
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