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Thousands ring in 2024 as London declares itself ‘A Place for Everyone’

In London, 2024 started with a bang as fireworks and drones lit up the sky and celebrations took place in Edinburgh and other cities across the country. After the bongs of Big Ben sounded midnight, “London: A Place for Everyone” appeared high above the crowds on the banks of the River Thames as the unity-themed display welcomed the new year. In a display that lasted almost 15 minutes, 100,000 people cast their eyes to the sky to take in the fireworks, lasers, and drone spectacular.

As hits by the Spice Girls, Calvin Harris, Dua Lupa and others rang out across the city, revellers were invited to look back on 2023. The city celebration referenced the King’s coronation and also used Charles’ quote to mark the 75th anniversary of the Windrush crossing, in which he said the new arrivals “collectively enrich the fabric of our national life”.

The display – which included more than 12,000 fireworks, 600 drones and 430 lights – also paid homage to the NHS, which celebrated 75 years in 2023.

The show was organised by the Mayor of London, who said it was London’s “best and biggest ever” New Year celebration.

Mr Khan added: “Our unique combination of fireworks, drones, lighting and music have put on a fabulous show for the millions watching around the globe, sending a message of unity and showing why London is the greatest city in the world.

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