New Year's Eve 2003

Well I brought in the new year last night by hitting the streets of London to watch fireworks. It was the first year in which London has had an official firework display for New Year's Eve since the millennium, with controversies over costs, safety and tube closures dogging the intermediate years. 2003 was different though, and in order to put London on the map (and compete with Sydney's spectacular annual display), the London Eye was used as the centrepiece for a three minute pyrotechnic show.

Impressive it was too. Despite the police telling people it was 'best to stay at home and watch it on telly', a large, jolly crowd surrounded the Jubilee gardens to see the big countdown. The lighting of the London Eye was almost as impressive as the fireworks themselves, glowing in different colours, with individual capsules lighting up and lasers beaming around the sky. The fireworks display itself was short (around three minutes) but impressive. No-one expected fireworks to be set off from the London Eye itself, and the spectacular ending filled the sky with light. Let's hope this can become an annual event!