/Brits ring in the New Year with London’s ‘best ever fireworks display’ as UK ends decade in style

Brits ring in the New Year with London’s ‘best ever fireworks display’ as UK ends decade in style

THE UK welcomed in 2020 with a BANG as Londoners enjoyed the city’s “best ever” fireworks display.

Stunning pictures show the London Eye exploding with lights as onlookers watched from across the Thames.

 Londoners watched the country's biggest ever fireworks display as the clock struck midnight

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Londoners watched the country’s biggest ever fireworks display as the clock struck midnightCredit: EPA
 The incredible pyro-show lit up the skies above the UK capital

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The incredible pyro-show lit up the skies above the UK capitalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 The celebrations were football-themed ahead of the Euro 2020 football tournament this summer

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The celebrations were football-themed ahead of the Euro 2020 football tournament this summerCredit: PA:Press Association
 The massive light show illuminates the sky above central London

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The massive light show illuminates the sky above central LondonCredit: PA:Press Association
 Mayor Sadiq Khan promised London's fireworks would be the best the city has ever seen

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Mayor Sadiq Khan promised London’s fireworks would be the best the city has ever seenCredit: PA:Press Association
 The stunning display took place on the banks of the Thames at the London Eye

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The stunning display took place on the banks of the Thames at the London EyeCredit: Reuters

Thousands of people lined the Thames as London kicked off the new decade to the roar of football anthems such as Three Lions ahead of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, had promised the display – which also featured music from Stormzy – would be the best the capital “has ever seen”.

Millions of partygoers hit the streets of Edinburgh. Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham to celebrate the new decade.

Big Ben rang out 12 times to mark the start of the new year despite the bell falling mostly silent this year while renovation work is completed.

The UK capital’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display was sold out, with around 100,000 revellers packed into the streets around Victoria Embankment.

Around 2,000 fireworks set off during the display were fired from the London Eye, with the remainder coming from barges moored in a central location along the River Thames.

 Edinburgh welcomed in the New Year in style

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Edinburgh welcomed in the New Year in style
 Revellers in the Scottish capital enjoyed the country's biggest street party

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Revellers in the Scottish capital enjoyed the country’s biggest street party
 The fireworks started early in the Scottish capital

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The fireworks started early in the Scottish capitalCredit: PA:Press Association
 Thousands watch a fireworks display at Manchester Cathedral as the city celebrates the start of 2020

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Thousands watch a fireworks display at Manchester Cathedral as the city celebrates the start of 2020Credit: London News Pictures
 In Newcastle, revellers are bringing in the New Year with a bang

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In Newcastle, revellers are bringing in the New Year with a bangCredit: North News and Pictures
 A 17-year-old boy proposes to his 16-year-old girlfriend in Manchester

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A 17-year-old boy proposes to his 16-year-old girlfriend in ManchesterCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Edinburgh's street cleaners will have a big job on their hands on Wednesday morning

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Edinburgh’s street cleaners will have a big job on their hands on Wednesday morningCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Partygoers in Birmingham went wild at the stroke of midnight

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Partygoers in Birmingham went wild at the stroke of midnightCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

In Edinburgh, around 100,000 people joined Britain’s biggest street party to celebrate Hogmanay.

More than 3,600 fireworks were let off from Edinburgh Castle at midnight, with street parties, music and ceilidhs happening in more than a dozen city centre streets.

The festivities began in the city on Monday as around 40,000 people joined a torchlit procession which culminated in them forming the shape of two humans reaching out a “hand of friendship”.

In Newcastle, the fireworks started early lighting up the sky above the city centre before 7pm while people in Manchester watched an incredible light show outside the cathedral.

This comes as experts warned “severe” fog could jeopardise New Year celebrations around the UK.

 A reveller gives a girl a peck on the cheek amid jubilant scenes in Edinburgh

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A reveller gives a girl a peck on the cheek amid jubilant scenes in EdinburghCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 A loved-up couple share a kiss in the Scottish capital

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A loved-up couple share a kiss in the Scottish capitalCredit: Rex Features
 A youngster in Edinburgh enjoys the incredible light show

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A youngster in Edinburgh enjoys the incredible light showCredit: Rex Features
 Edinburgh hosts Britain's biggest street party every New Year's eve

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Edinburgh hosts Britain’s biggest street party every New Year’s eveCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Police officers prepare for New Year celebrations in central London

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Police officers prepare for New Year celebrations in central LondonCredit: AFP or licensors

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill warned it would be a chilly end to 2019, despite the recent mild temperatures.

“There will be a bit of a north-south split to the weather,” he said.

“It will stay largely clear in the north, and the cloud and rain in the south should clear up. You will need a coat and take precautions because of possible fog in the early hours.”

 Away from the UK, the Custom House in Dublin is lit up during the city's NYE party

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Away from the UK, the Custom House in Dublin is lit up during the city’s NYE partyCredit: PA:Press Association
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