A brilliant firework display in central London has kick-started Britain's New Year celebrations in style.
Thousands of people gathered on the banks of the river Thames in London to witness the magnificent firework display that marks the New Year. In a show which lasted 11 minutes and featured 12,500 fireworks, rockets flared from the London Eye and the capital's riverside landmarks were lit up. About 250,000 were in the city to watch the show. Many of the revelers actually waited for hours and hours, so they lock the finest positions to watch the entire extravaganza.
Here’s Mayor Boris Johnson’s message to his people as he welcomes 2013:
“As we welcomed the world to the magnificent celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the glorious success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London was at its very best. From the thrilling sporting action to the breathtaking cultural celebrations, it has been an unforgettable year and I am immensely proud of the contribution that our Ambassadors made to that success. As we go into 2013 with a spectacular fireworks display I hope we can build on that energy and enthusiasm to make ours the best big city in the world."
Watch the fantastic firework that lit up London’s skyline in the video above!