Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Year's Eve Preparations

Once again Kimbolton Fireworks are honoured to be firing the two largest displays in the country to welcome in the New Year, with the world famous Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party and Fireworks fired from the Historic Castle and the Mayor of London's New Year's Eve celebrations centred on the River Thames and the London Eye.

The November season, while incredibly busy feels as if it was an age ago, from as soon as Monday 7th November, we have been busy planning and preparing for these two momentous and highly prestigious displays. The greatest challenge has been to take both displays to the next level, last year both displays were critically acclaimed and this year we want to go one better. We have some new ideas and some additions on top of last years display which we hope will add to the enjoyment of both displays, we will leave it to the public to judge. Below is a link to the Greater London Authority website providing information on New Year's Eve, how to get there, what to expect on the night and where the viewing areas and road closures are.

The following is taken from a press release from the SE1 news paper on 21st November.

2012 - the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games - will begin with a fireworks display centered on the London Eye, the Mayor has confirmed.

The Mayor has chosen to stick with the tried and tested formula of pyrotechnics on the Thames at the London Eye.

"As we begin one of the most extraordinary and exciting years in our great city's history, the sky will light up with a dazzling display of pyrotechnic magic," said Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

"2012 will open, not with a timid whimper, but a colourful bang, a noisy clarion call to herald one amazing year.

"Londoners know how to celebrate and our fireworks display will be the first in a year-long celebration of all things London.

"From the magic of the games, to the Diamond Jubilee, to the London 2012 Festival and our own outdoor arts festival, there will be world-class events in every corner of the capital, to create a summer like no other.

"2012 will be a year to be confident and ambitious and London will welcome the world with energy and optimism."

Jack Morton Worldwide will again produce the show, working with British pyrotechnic company Kimbolton Fireworks who will provide the 8-minute display at midnight.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Nihal will also be returning to create a live mix of music that will be heard by the crowds along the river in the build-up to midnight. He has been working in collaboration with the Jack Morton team on the soundtrack that will accompany the stunning display.

The fireworks display attracts large crowds who have a long wait in the designated viewing areas along the Thames. There is limited space and these fill up by 9pm or 10pm and access to each zone will be closed as soon as it is full.

After the fireworks the music will continue till 1am to encourage a staggered dispersal of the crowds towards nearby railway stations.

As usual the event will be broadcast live on BBC One.


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