London will get a surprise New Year’s Eve fireworks display tonight after the official show was scrapped over Covid fears.
News of the smaller display emerged today, just 12 hours before Big Ben chimes in 2022, Mirror Online reports.
Back in October, the annual fireworks spectacle was cancelled for a second year running as Covid cases continued to rise.
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But it has now been confirmed that, like last year, there will be a surprise show in the capital for millions of people watching on TV.
City Hall has tried to keep the display quiet with the fear of huge crowds gathering to watch in the capital.
With the emergence of the Omicron variant, government bosses pulled the plug on the Southbank spectacular.
But it is now understood that the show will go on – with pyrotechnics and live performances.
The only way the show can be viewed is by tuning in to BBC One at midnight.
For two decades, the city has put on an electrifying fireworks show overlooking the Thames.
The display – which cost over £2.3m when it last went ahead in 2019 – will be replaced by another scaled-back New Year’s event at Trafalgar Square.
Last year, event organisers put on a light show over the Shard and Tower Bridge before a giant drone display spelt out 2021 on the London skyline.
A spokesman for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in October: “This year, as always, London will be welcoming the new year in a spectacular way.
“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.
“Last year’s successful show took place in a slightly different way due to the pandemic, and this year a number of exciting new options are being considered as part of our New Year’s Eve celebrations in London.”
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