Big Ben rang out for the last time in 2017 as it welcomed in another New Year.
The fireworks were the responsibility of Titanium Fireworks who have been in control of the London NYE pyrotechnics for a number of years now. On what was a challenging site to fire from and weather that would have tested the most hardy of technicians, they did at least get no dark sky moments but it did look as if the high winds had affected the choices made for the finale as it was not as big as we usually see. The lasers were lovely but they did make some of the sections appear to be even smokier than perhaps they might have been.
As the clock struck 12, all the revellers in and around London were waiting with bated breath to see the fireworks. The theme was all about celebrating women and the live performances leading up to the fireworks were by some of the biggest female names in the music industry, but the actual tracks used for the fireworks were almost all male?
All in all, better than the rest of the World (as usual).
Since it’s installation in 1859, this is the 158th year the bell, housed in the Elizabeth Tower has been rung to celebrate the arrival of another New Year but this is only the second time since August the bell has been heard whilst it is out of commission for essential repairs both to the Great Westminster Clock face and the tower housing the bells. This is to make it more accessible (putting in lifts) and maintain it for future generations.
The work is set to take around 4 years but the cost has already risen massively from the original cost of around £29 million to now £61 million. The bells will remain silent now (providing there are no major national events) until Remembrance Sunday 2018.
We would like to wish all our customers a very happy and prosperous New Year 2018 and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
WHAT: QUAYSIDE FIREWORKS ARE BACK WHY: NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS WHERE: NEWCASTLE – GATESHEAD QUAYSIDE WHEN: 31st DECEMBER 2017 COST: FREE
Working in partnership with Newcastle Gateshead Initiative and E1 Ltd (the improvement district company), the council has announced the return of the traditional fireworks display for 2018. All night owls are welcome to join in the celebrations and welcome in the new year with the beautiful Tyne Bridges as a backdrop to the fabulous colourful fireworks display delivered by Allan Hillary events and Reaction fireworks.
Alongside this (and replacing the parade through Newcastle City centre) is the family event ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ is from 4-6pm. With inspiration coming from a combination of Norse mythology and local folklore, the exhibition park and town moor will be completely transformed.
Through the thickets of thorny brambles, you will be able to spot the different shapes and sizes of some unusual painted animals peeking through the undergrowth as the bonfire beastly lair grows and grows forming the centrepiece for the evening’s theatrical performances before finishing with a fantastic fireworks finale at 6pm.
This family-friendly early evening event features a range of fun and entertainment including the fabulous Heart Radio a funfair and plenty of food and drinks concession stalls that keep everyone entertained until the main event. All the entertainment is tied in with the Great Exhibition of the North that is happening in 2018 with the event promising for an action-packed summer for everyone. Make sure that you book your spot and enjoy the full range of activities and entertainment on offer because although it is a free event, spaces are limited and as such tickets will be required.
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS WHEN: 31st DECEMBER 2017 WHERE: CENTRAL LONDON, UK COST: £10.00 PER PERSON
There is nothing which captures the essence of London and the UK than the bells of Big Ben chiming to welcome in Christmas and say a fond farewell to the old Year and welcome in the New Year with some fireworks.
This year, however, the situation was a little fraught as Big Ben was stopped for essential repairs and will not peel for around 4 years to repair the hands, pendulum, and mechanism at a cost originally ‘guestimated’ at £29 million is now likely to top the £60 million mark instead.
This year, the rigging etc of the fireworks will once again be the responsibility of the talented team from Titanium Fireworks, working alongside a huge team of support from other display teams required to get the New Year’s Eve firework event to go off with a bang. There will be more than 30 staff members carrying up to 30 tonnes of equipment and 8 tonnes of fireworks to create the graceful spectacle that is London 2018. They start to set up on 27th December as it is such a gargantuan task and will keep running the systems through until the fireworks get underway.
The annual fireworks show became a ticketed event back in 2014 and this has continued to be the case from that point forward. It has improved the overall experience making for a more manageable crowd and keeping the cost of holding the event down.
The last couple of batches of tickets sold out immediately but there are plans to put some more out for general release in early December so watch out for them.
If you are staying home to welcome in the New Year with family and friends, we have a beautiful selection of barrages which are ideal for the stroke of midnight – check online for videos of our new products this year which are top of the Christmas list of some of our pyro fans