At least a quarter of a million people gathered along the Thames last night to mark the arrival of 2007 and to enjoy a spectacular fireworks and a lighting display at the London Eye.
The event, which was organised by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone with Visit London and designed by Jack Morton Worldwide and innovative pyrotechnic specialist Christophe Berthonneau, was visible across the capital and broadcast beyond the capital by the BBC.
Commenting afterwards, Mayor Livingstone said: “London has once again kicked off the New Year in style. My very best wishes for 2007 to all Londoners and everyone who came to the capital, which is the most exciting place in the world to bring in the New Year.”
“Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the centre of London for the countdown to midnight and the spectacular fireworks display. Millions more up and down the country and around the world will have been able to see the show on television.”
The Mayor sent London’s “best wishes and goodwill to those who saw their New Year’s Eve disrupted” after bad weather across the UK forced some events to be cancelled.