LONDON KICKS OFF THE ROARING 20S WITH FOOTBALL ANTHEMS AS UK MARKS NEW YEAR

LONDON KICKS OFF THE ROARING 20S WITH FOOTBALL ANTHEMS AS UK MARKS NEW YEAR

Events have taken place across the UK to mark the new decade

Thousands of people lined the Thames as London kicked off the new decade to the roar of football anthems such as Three Lions with the festivities providing a prelude to the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, had promised the display - which also featured music from Stormzy, Wiley and Bastille - would be the best the capital "has ever seen".

Big Ben rang out 12 times to mark the start of the new year despite the bell falling mostly silent in 2019 while renovation work is completed.

London'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.

The show celebrated London's role in hosting this summer's international football tournament, which will take place in countries across the continent rather than being hosted by a single nation - and will see the capital host more fixtures than any other city.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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