Mayor of London's statement for New Year's Eve
Large crowds will gather along the banks of the River Thames this New Year's Eve to watch the Mayor of London's New Year's Eve fireworks display at the EDF Energy London Eye, with millions more people watching it live on television across the UK and around the world.
In his New Year message, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'We are saying goodbye to 2013, which was another exciting and memorable year for our city and the whole of the country. There was the birth of a new heir to the throne, baby George. We won the Tour de France and a British athlete, Andy Murray, triumphed at Wimbledon.
'We are also beginning to see the signs of a sustained economic recovery. As that recovery gathers pace, it is vital that we harness that recovery to build tens of thousands of new homes for Londoners and get hundreds of thousands of young Londoners into work. We have the opportunity areas, 33 brownfield sites around London - you can see what's happening in Croydon, Battersea, in the Royal Docks, in Greenwich. Let's not forget the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which reopens next year, a glorious green space that will reinvigorate a huge swathe of east London, bringing jobs and growth to benefit even more Londoners.
'There is excitement, the confidence in our city all around the world. We can use that recovery to deliver the homes, the jobs, the prosperity that Londoners need. So let's continue to strive and to work together to ensure the future success of our great city.'
A new partnership with Vodafone will bring a dynamic new multi-sensory element to Mayor of London's New Year's Eve fireworks display, with thousands of spectators able to taste and even smell the display, courtesy of artists Bompas and Parr. For those watching at home, Vodafone have also created the first New Year's Eve fireworks app, which via smartphones will offer people all over the world an augmented reality experience synchronised with the display.
The Mayor said: 'There is no better way to celebrate the highs of 2013 and the start of an exciting New Year than by seeing one of the world's most dazzling firework displays, now augmented in more ways than one. Watched by millions around the world, and hundreds of thousands of people from the banks of the Thames, it highlights our capital's fantastic community spirit and its premier position on the global stage.'
The Mayor has also recorded a video message, which can be found at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tag60a2DMMk&feature=share&list=UU8O5Q4cvxnBoNL7L...
Notes to editors
1. The Mayor's New Year's Eve fireworks celebrations are produced by London based Jack Morton Worldwide for the tenth consecutive year. Jack Morton is a global brand experience agency. For more information, please contact [email protected] on 020 8735 2000 or 07850 186 199, or visit www.jackmorton.co.uk.
2. The Mayor of London's New Year's Eve fireworks display is always enormously popular. Each year it attracts a capacity crowd, who have a long wait in the designated viewing areas along the Thames. Access to each zone will be closed as soon as it is full. Due to the crowds and waiting time people with young children may wish to consider celebrating the New Year closer to home.
3. Anyone wishing to see in the New Year in central London is advised to plan ahead. Revellers will need to be prepared for large crowds, on the streets and at venues. Many pubs, bars and clubs will be ticketed with advance booking required, so some people may want to celebrate elsewhere. More information can be found at www.london.gov.uk/nye
4. Public transport will be the best way to get around the capital on New Year's Eve. There will be free London travel, sponsored by Diageo GB, on bus, Tube, tram DLR and on London Overground. Passengers are advised to plan their journeys in and out of central London to enjoy the New Year's Eve celebrations. More information to help you plan your journey is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/festive.
5. Information about other events and attractions throughout Christmas and into New Year can be found at www.visitlondon.com/christmas.