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Happy New Year

January 1, 2012 by staff 

Happy New YearHappy New Year, 2011 is now just a memory, as 2012 has been welcomed in by revellers all around the world. Samoa was the first country to welcome the new year, thanks to a change in its prime position on the international date line. That country now celebrates first, rather than last thanks to the shift. Also greeting the new year well before the UK, New Zealand put on a magnificent fireworks display around Auckland’s Sky Tower.

Across the Tasman, the Sydney Harbour Bridge put on a magnificent display, as one of the most iconic international fireworks displays exploded in the shape of a cloud hinting that “every cloud has a sliver lining”.

Melbourne’s art centre spire exploded with flaming debris during the fireworks display on the Yarra River, though no revellers were injured in the incident.

Hong Kong shared its wealth with a £1m fireworks display lighting up the city’s glittering skyscrapers on Kowloon bay.

London’s magnificent display of fireworks launched more than the new year, it ushered in the Olympic year for the capital.

The London Eye and Big Ben were the focal points of the colourful fireworks displays.

Further north in Edinburgh, hogmanay was celebrated with a fireworks display that threw imposing Edinburgh castle into darkness. The usually dominant building played second fiddle to an impressive display of fireworks.

In New York, tonnes of confetti drifted onto Times Square as the famous ball dropped ushering in the new era.

The New Year’s Day parade will wind through London today from 11:45 am and 500,000 spectators who nipped last night’s partying in the bud early are expected along 2.2 mile route from The Ritz Hotel to Parliament Street.

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