London Fireworks 2012
January 1, 2012 by staff
In a first for the London’s New Year celebrations, the pyrotechnics were fired from the clock to coincide with each strike of the bell, marking the start of 2012.
There was a distinctly Olympian theme to the display on the River Thames with fireworks launched over the London Eye in the shape and colours of the Olympic rings. The accompanying soundtrack saw Chariots of Fire kick off a medley of London-themed songs.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Our New Year fireworks were a brilliant start to a spectacular year.
“This is just the beginning – as the eyes of the world turn to London for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, there will be amazing events across the capital up to, during and beyond a summer like no other.”
About 250,000 people were estimated to be in the capital to watch the 11-minute and 15-second display, which saw 50,000 projectiles light up the capital’s skies.
Thousands of people cram onto London’s Westminster Bridge for the fireworks
The Mayor of London’s office said the display was the result of 12 months of planning. A crew of 306 has been working on the site since Boxing Day, with 1,803 staff – including stewards – on duty on the night itself.
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