A few weeks ago, we brought you all the goss about the New Years Eve display in London but the first couple of batches of tickets were completely sold out.
At noon today, a limited number of additional tickets go on sale so click on the link at mid-day and you will be in with a chance of bagging those last minute tickets to see one of the greatest firework displays in the World first hand.
Here is the link again and don’t forget, not till 12 o’clock.
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
In spite of having thoroughly enjoyed Christmas and New Year and having lit a fair few fireworks in celebration, it would appear that following on from the lovely Boris Johnson’s decision to bring in ticketing for the London NYE firework display in 2014, some of the arguments continue to rage.
The decision to ticket the event was intended to take the strain off the overstretched emergency services and ancillary crowd control and support and of course the transport infrastructure in London.
The current complaint is that of the 106,428 tickets sold only 29,800 went to residents of our nation’s capital. The naysayers have decided that as the locals pay a huge contribution towards the event in taxes they should receive first refusal on tickets and a much greater percentage of the tickets available than the 28% they received this time around.
This discussion is bound to continue as it is clear that there must be a fair balance between letting the locals have all the tickets, which will impact on visitor figures, or continue to encourage tourism to the City.
The cost of the display in 2015 has been estimated at around £1.8 million and for 11 minutes this appears to be a great deal of money but this covers everything from the tape to cordon off areas to the rigging for the fireworks and compared to Australia who spent more than twice this amount we were considered thrifty.
New Year firework displays have some say become the ultimate status symbol for wealthy cities who use the opportunity to offer something magical to encourage visitors. In a world of displaced children, war and hunger, why begrudge everyone of a little magic.