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London’s New Year fireworks cancelled for the second year

London’s New Year Eve fireworks celebration along the River Thames has been cancelled for the second year in a row, due to worries about the Covid-19 pandemic, city officials said on Tuesday.

A statement from the mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s office read: ‘Due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, our world-famous New Year’s Eve display will not be held on the banks of the Thames this year.’

A spokesperson added that the city is exploring many interesting alternatives to replace it, stressing that London will be welcoming the new year in a spectacular fashion.

Huge audiences from all around the world go to the London Eye observation wheel on the south bank of the Thames for the spectacular fireworks display.

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The celebration last year was also cancelled due to the pandemic, although the city did throw some surprise fireworks along the river and a light display utilising drones.

According to reports, a live music concert will take place in Trafalgar Square from midnight to 1:00 am, however, sources says that organisers have limited attendance to under 10,000 people.


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