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£10 For London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

It has been announced by #FatCatBoris, AKA Boris Johnson, Mayor of London that this year, tickets for this spectacular will cost £10 per person.

With just 100,000 tickets available will this mean that some regulars will have the choice of losing out or simply not attending. At these costs, an average family would be forking out £50+ when you take into consideration travel, food and other incurred sundries, not a small cost in this time of austerity.

With an average crowd of over half a million this year’s London New Year’s Eve display may fall a little short of expectations as the reaction to the news is very mixed as some feel that the main reason, safety, should be paramount but some of the general public feel very much that it is more about the money-maker that is London Borough.

It would appear that ticket holders would have to arrive early for the show to ensure a good viewing area, meaning they could be waiting for a long time in cramped conditions with somewhat inclement weather. Alarm bells may already be ringing for anyone with children as they can easily get bored waiting for exceptionally long periods of time for the chimes of Big Ben and the start of the festivities.

The event, first staged by the London Eye in 2003, has steadily grown in popularity to a stage where viewing areas are now full to capacity by early evening. The London New Year’s eve display is not just a national event but world-wide spectacle, viewing figures from the BBC for the 2013 display topped 13.3 Million viewers, with millions more watching on their local T.V stations.

Will the change to the way the event is funded increase this figure? Will most stay at home and watch on T.V in the comfort of their own home? or will the cost outweigh the atmosphere provided at this stunningly popular event?

It has been suggested by those in the know that the introduction of tickets had to be done to ensure the safety and continuation of this icon event. Ed Lister, Deputy Mayor has insisted this is a non-profit exercise, as all the funds received will go towards the costs incurred from the extravaganza; this includes the tickets themselves the actual pyro, fencing, stewards, police and ambulance cover, transport subsidies, etc.

The cost of the fireworks alone for the 2103 New Year’s Eve was £200,00 at £10 per person this means potential recouping £1 Million toward the event. However, these figures are contradictory as the same offices press release last year confirmed that the amount of money brought in by the event ran into the £300 million mark so this begs the question whether or not this is really such a great idea after all.

Simon Bray the Metropolitan police commander has welcome the move as they feel this will help towards the policing of the event and ensure a safe and crime free area for all ticket holders.

Being from “up North” and not au-fait with the ways of the Capital, I expect the tickets available on the night from the ticket touts will double if not triple in cost as there always seems that there is someone who just happens to have a couple of tickets spare for a cost, example: tickets for Red Bull X fighters 2012 online £21.00 cost of similar ticket from guy stood by gate £65.00. Time will tell if this becomes the norm for years to come, experience has told us that once an event becomes ticketed it very rarely becomes a free event again.

Hopefully this change to the festivities will increase the budget for the actual Pyro and not take anything away from the spectacle that is in a sense a show a nation is proud of and become a corporate entity filled with adverts from the major brand manufacturers or even worse a pay-per-view.

Tickets will be available from 12 noon on September 26th by visiting www.london.gov.uk/nye


London Eye To Celebrate Tenth Birthday With Dramatic Fireworks Show

London Eye Fireworks 2005/6 (3)

The Merlin Entertainments London Eye will light up the South Bank tonight (9 March) with an extravagant fireworks show to celebrate its tenth birthday.

From 7pm, visitors will enjoy an impressive light show, with those booking a flight receiving a free glass of Pommery champagne.

“Everyone at the London Eye is thrilled to be celebrating this important landmark with our visitors, who have been so important along the way, and we can’t wait to see it all come to life on the day,” said David Sharpe, managing director of the London Eye and divisional director of London Midway Attractions.

The Merlin Entertainments London Eye has welcomed more than 36 million visitors over the past nine years.


Insensitive MPs plan exclusive New Year fireworks bash at Westminster. But loyal staff will be forced to watch in the cold

London Eye in colour

MPs were last night accused of ‘insensitivity’ for throwing a private New Year’s Eve party on the Commons river terrace – so they can watch a spectacular end-of-the decade fireworks show.

After a year of scandals over their expenses, 340 MPs, peers and their guests are paying £10 a head for an exclusive celebration in the shadow of Big Ben.

As thousands of ordinary revellers in Central London stand shivering in the cold to bring in the New Year, MPs will bid farewell to 2009 by gathering in a marquee across the river from the free London Eye fireworks show.

The MPs, peers and some senior bureaucrats will be served by catering staff with canapes and drinks including champagne.

Professional party organisers said the market rate for a ticket to such a unique event would be closer to £100 a head.

The ‘Noughtie MPs’ bash, approved by Commons Speaker John Bercow, has sparked anger among parliamentary officials, secretaries and manual workers, who have been banned from the terrace on New Year’s Eve –one of their few annual perks – to make way for the partying politicians.

‘They’ll be lucky if the whole bill for the evening is under £3,000,’ said one official. ‘After all their antics this year, having a knees-up like this is the height of insensitivity-You’d think they’d be keeping their heads down.’

Mr Bercow says the party will raise money for charity, but one member of the Commons staff said: ‘If they want to give money to charity they can write a cheque out for ten quid any time they like.’

Traditionally, MPs are back in their constituencies by December 31.

Suspicions about an event for them were aroused last week after staff were sent a memo by Serjeantat-Arms Jill Pay banning them from entering the building from 6pm on New Year’s Eve.

The memo said access would be ‘restricted to Members of both Houses, their escorted guests and duty staff only’.

Then invitations were seen that declared: ‘The Pavilion will open from 10pm until

12.30am, providing Members and their guests with an excellent view of the public fireworks display over the Thames whilst they welcome in the New Year.’

A spokesman for Mr Bercow says the event will make a £2,000 profit, after staff costs, for Help A London Child. MPs would get one drink in the ticket price and then pay normal ‘ commercial’ prices for bottled beer, wine and champagne – not the taxpayer-subsidised rates they usually paid.

But Commons insiders disputed the figures.

They claimed the cost of 15 staff paid £16 an hour double-rate overtime for up to six hours each would be over £1,400. In addition, they have been promised taxis home for up to £30 – a total of £450.

Mr Bercow’s spokesman last night said the party would raise money for a good cause. Click here for the full story.