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Hardy Brits have braved the lashing rain and strong winds to usher in the new year, as the nation came together to kick off 2024 in spectacular style.

Revellers flocked to the banks of the River Thames in the early evening, hours ahead of the traditional London fireworks which lit up the skies as Big Ben struck midnight.

The iconic display in the capital, which marked the King’s coronation year, also featured a drone show to the backdrop of some of the most popular music, with crowds left completely blown away by the magical event.

Another breathtaking display took place in Edinburgh as part of the annual Hogmanay celebrations, with fireworks launched above Edinburgh Castle while Kasabian’s ‘Fire’ played out at midnight.

Partygoers have refused to let the poor weather dampen their parade as they powered through the pouring rain across the country, including in Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle, in a bid to welcome 2024 in style.

While lucky ticket holders packed out the Thames to get the optimal view of the 12,000 fireworks fired above the London Eye, revellers dressed to the nines in their finest outfits have descended on clubs and bars to see in the new year.

Happy New Year! Hardy Brits don’t let the rain dampen their spirits as they shake off dreary weather and watch stunning firework displays to kick off 2024

LONDON: Fireworks were launched into the sky above the London Eye as Britain saw in the new year

London put on a show tonight as a sensational firework display was witnessed by revellers braving the elements

London put on a show tonight as a sensational firework display was witnessed by revellers braving the elements

Hardy revellers have braved the lashing rain and strong winds to usher in 2024, as they shake off the dreary weather to kick off the New Year in spectacular style

Hardy revellers have braved the lashing rain and strong winds to usher in 2024, as they shake off the dreary weather to kick off the New Year in spectacular style

LONDON: The capital was lit up by thousands of fireworks as crowds flocked to the River Thames

LONDON: The capital was lit up by thousands of fireworks as crowds flocked to the River Thames 

LONDON: Fireworks explode around the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament during New Year's celebrations

LONDON: Fireworks explode around the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament during New Year’s celebrations

LONDON: Despite the miserable weather, revellers gathered on the banks of the Thames in the early evening, hours ahead of the traditional London fireworks which lit up the skies as Big Ben struck midnight

LONDON: Despite the miserable weather, revellers gathered on the banks of the Thames in the early evening, hours ahead of the traditional London fireworks which lit up the skies as Big Ben struck midnight

LONDON: Fireworks explode around the London Eye and Big Ben as the clock struck midnight

LONDON: Fireworks explode around the London Eye and Big Ben as the clock struck midnight

LONDON: The iconic fireworks were said to have soared as high as 200m into the air when they were launched from the London Eye on the stroke of midnight

LONDON: The iconic fireworks were said to have soared as high as 200m into the air when they were launched from the London Eye on the stroke of midnight

EDINBURGH: Fireworks light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle and the Balmoral Clock to mark the New Year

EDINBURGH: Fireworks light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle and the Balmoral Clock to mark the New Year

Others dressed a little bit more suitably for the weather have flocked into city and town centres across the country to marvel at spectacular light and firework displays.

That’s despite a forecasters putting a storm warning in place which has caused some events in the south to be cancelled due to powerful 75mph gales.

After millions watched the incredible displays in Sydney and Auckland, Mayor Sadiq Khan told Sky News that the events would be ‘nothing’ compared to London’s – which lasted for just under 15 minutes.

After the bongs of Big Ben sounded midnight, ‘London: A Place for Everyone’ was written high above the crowds as the unity-themed display welcomed the new year. 

Mr Khan shared a photo of the drones carrying the message and wrote: ‘What a way to start our spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show!’

The iconic London fireworks were said to have soared as high as 200m into the air when they were launched from the London Eye on the stroke of midnight.

The display marked the King’s coronation year and also used Charles’ quote to mark the 75th anniversary of the Windrush crossing in which he said the new arrivals ‘collectively enrich the fabric of our national life’.

There were repeated references to London’s diversity and inclusivity, with the capital telling the world everyone is welcome in a city where people can be themselves.

PETERBOROUGH: The city's skyline was transformed by fireworks to celebrate the new year

PETERBOROUGH: The city’s skyline was transformed by fireworks to celebrate the new year

LONDON:: The display marked the King's coronation year and also used Charles' quote to mark the 75th anniversary of the Windrush crossing

LONDON:: The display marked the King’s coronation year and also used Charles’ quote to mark the 75th anniversary of the Windrush crossing

LONDON: Fireworks light-up the sky over the London Eye in central London to celebrate the New Year

LONDON: Fireworks light-up the sky over the London Eye in central London to celebrate the New Year

LONDON: A view of fireworks over the London Eye to mark the New Year's celebrations in the capital

LONDON: A view of fireworks over the London Eye to mark the New Year’s celebrations in the capital

LONDON: Fireworks explode above the skyline shortly after midnight to mark the start of the New Year

LONDON: Fireworks explode above the skyline shortly after midnight to mark the start of the New Year

NEWCASTLE: A group of girls brave the horrible weather to see in the New Year together

NEWCASTLE: A group of girls brave the horrible weather to see in the New Year together

NEWCASTLE: A reveller covers her head  from the rain with a piece of fabric as she heads out into town

NEWCASTLE: A reveller covers her head  from the rain with a piece of fabric as she heads out into town 

NEWCASTLE: A woman holds her coat aloft in a bid to keep dry ahead of New Year celebrations

NEWCASTLE: A woman holds her coat aloft in a bid to keep dry ahead of New Year celebrations

NEWCASTLE: Hardy revellers take cover under umbrellas, coats and even handbags to stay safe from the elements

NEWCASTLE: Hardy revellers take cover under umbrellas, coats and even handbags to stay safe from the elements

BLACKPOOL: Fireworks erupt over the water as a light show illuminates the Blackpool Tower

BLACKPOOL: Fireworks erupt over the water as a light show illuminates the Blackpool Tower

EDINBURGH: Sisters Sophie (left) and Scarlett Strang (right) smile during Hogmanay celebrations

EDINBURGH: Sisters Sophie (left) and Scarlett Strang (right) smile during Hogmanay celebrations

EDINBURGH: University students from Japan pose with placards that spell out '2024' in front of Edinburgh Castle

EDINBURGH: University students from Japan pose with placards that spell out ‘2024’ in front of Edinburgh Castle

Pulp on stage in Princes Street Gardens as the world famous street party with 50,000 revellers attend Edinburgh's Hogmanay Celebrations

Pulp on stage in Princes Street Gardens as the world famous street party with 50,000 revellers attend Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Celebrations

In true British fashion, large parts of the country have welcomed 2024 in with a deluge of rain, but many who are out and about to celebrate the occasion will do their best not to let it dampen their spirits. 

In Scotland, the 30th Hogmanay street party in Edinburgh was headlined by rock band Pulp after their surprise reunion last year.

Edinburgh City Council leader Cammy Day said: ‘After the difficult years of the pandemic, I’m overjoyed that our festivals are back to their brilliant best and providing such high calibre cultural offerings for our residents and visitors.’

Elsewhere, there has already been an impressive firework show in Blackpool, as the explosives erupted into the sky with Blackpool Tower illuminated in the background.

In Newcastle’s Quayside crowds were treated to BAFTA award-winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle’s new Laser Light City laser show, which was projected onto the Baltic Flour Mills.

Revellers also gathered in anticipation of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay firework display as musicians hyped the crowd up for an evening of entertainment. 

Thousands of people are at the sold out Princes Garden Street Party and Concert in the Gardens in what mark’s the festival’s 30th anniversary. 

The event, organised by UniqueAssembly and City of Edinburgh Council, will be headlined by Pulp, who have not played in the city in 20 years. Following their set, the fireworks will begin at midnight and will end at around 00.50am on Monday. 

Alex MacDonald, 26, said he is most excited for Pulp and the fireworks. He told the PA news agency: ‘I’m heavy looking forward to Pulp, like – it’s gonna be smashing. ‘The fireworks will be phenomenal man. It’ll be brilliant. We’ll have a heavy bevy to that, ken what I’m saying?’ 

Dave Reed, also 26, said he is ‘here for the tunes and everything else that’s happening’. 

He added: ‘I’m well excited for the fireworks, it’s gonna be everything. ‘That’s what Edinburgh is all about, and that’s what Hogmanay is all about.’ 

Ahead of the main display, there were some small firework displays between different musical sets, much to the applause of the hyped-up crowd. 

Commenting on the news of a sell-out, Al Thomson, co-director of UniqueAssembly, said: ‘We’re in for one hell of a party now. Fifty thousand people in the streets of Edinburgh enjoying good music, good company, and one of the best fireworks displays in the world – there’s no better way to start the new year. 

‘We started things off right with the Torchlight Procession on Friday, where we saw 20,000 people come together to shine a light on homelessness, raising money for our charity partner Social Bite; and this is just the perfect end to the year and the best way to celebrate 30 years of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.’ 

However, not every planned event took place this evening, with Plymouth’s Winter Wonderland and a Devon town’s fireworks display both cancelled.

A yellow weather warning for wind is in place for Britain’s entire southern coastline and south Wales.

LONDON: Fireworks transformed the capital into a cacophony of colours on New Year's Eve

LONDON: Fireworks transformed the capital into a cacophony of colours on New Year’s Eve

LONDON: A magical firework display left crowds speechless as they saw in 2024 together

LONDON: A magical firework display left crowds speechless as they saw in 2024 together

Thousands of lucky ticket holders descended on the capital to watch the incredible display

Thousands of lucky ticket holders descended on the capital to watch the incredible display

LONDON: Thousands of lucky ticket holders descended on the capital to watch the incredible display

LONDON: Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye during the New Year celebrations

LONDON: Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye during the New Year celebrations

NEWCASTLE: Revellers brave the rain as they head for a night on the town in Newcastle

NEWCASTLE: Revellers brave the rain as they head for a night on the town in Newcastle

NEWCASTLE: A pair of well-prepared revellers hold their umbrellas aloft as they walk through Newcastle city centre

NEWCASTLE: A pair of well-prepared revellers hold their umbrellas aloft as they walk through Newcastle city centre

LEEDS: Two girls give a male reveller a peck on the cheek ahead of the last night out of the year

LEEDS: Two girls give a male reveller a peck on the cheek ahead of the last night out of the year

LEEDS: A pair of ladies pose for the camera in Leeds city centre on New Year's Eve

LEEDS: A pair of ladies pose for the camera in Leeds city centre on New Year’s Eve

LEEDS: A group of ladies take cover from the rain in Leeds under an umbrella as they head out to celebrate New Year

LEEDS: A group of ladies take cover from the rain in Leeds under an umbrella as they head out to celebrate New Year

BLACKPOOL: Spectacular fireworks erupt over the water next to Blackpool Tower as the iconic venue lights up for New Years

BLACKPOOL: Spectacular fireworks erupt over the water next to Blackpool Tower as the iconic venue lights up for New Years

LIVERPOOL: Revellers smile as they dart through the rain in a bid to reach the clubs and bars in Liverpool city centre

LIVERPOOL: Revellers smile as they dart through the rain in a bid to reach the clubs and bars in Liverpool city centre

LIVERPOOL: A pair of ladies cover their heads with jackets in a bid to stay dry this evening

LIVERPOOL: A pair of ladies cover their heads with jackets in a bid to stay dry this evening

EDINBURGH: Brandon Fernandes and partner Tylo Verreynne embrace as they celebrate Hogmanay

EDINBURGH: Brandon Fernandes and partner Tylo Verreynne embrace as they celebrate Hogmanay

NEWCASTLE: A spectacular light show takes place at the Baltic Flour Mills in Newcastle's Quayside

NEWCASTLE: A spectacular light show takes place at the Baltic Flour Mills in Newcastle’s Quayside

NEWCASTLE: Crowds gather in front of the Baltic Flour Mills in Newcastle's Quayside

NEWCASTLE: Crowds gather in front of the Baltic Flour Mills in Newcastle’s Quayside

LONDON: Rain falls over the Houses of Parliament ahead of the New Year's Eve fireworks

LONDON: Rain falls over the Houses of Parliament ahead of the New Year’s Eve fireworks

NEWCASTLE: Revellers brave the rain and cold weather to enjoy the New Years Eve celebrations

NEWCASTLE: Revellers brave the rain and cold weather to enjoy the New Years Eve celebrations

EDINBURGH: Visitors from Spain dress up in Santa hats ahead of Hogmanay New Year celebrations

EDINBURGH: Visitors from Spain dress up in Santa hats ahead of Hogmanay New Year celebrations

EDINBURGH: Partygoers get ready for a fun night ahead during the Hogmanay Street party celebrations

EDINBURGH: Partygoers get ready for a fun night ahead during the Hogmanay Street party celebrations

EDINBURGH: A man and woman pose for the cameras after picking up some food during the Hogmanay New Year celebration

EDINBURGH: A man and woman pose for the cameras after picking up some food during the Hogmanay New Year celebration

EDINBURGH: Tourists from Brazil dress up in kilts for the Hogmanay New Year celebrations

EDINBURGH: Tourists from Brazil dress up in kilts for the Hogmanay New Year celebrations

While the north west has been slapped with a rain warning with heavy downpours expected across Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Blackpool, Blackburn, and West Yorkshire.

Saturday’s Eurostar cancellations hit one family who were hoping to make it back to Britain in time for New Years, after they were stranded in Brussels following a surprise trip for a Canadian relative.   

Luke Gibbs, 32, from Kenley, south London, travelled with his wife, Kyla, cousin Liam Eton and sister-in-law Brea Melanson, from Canada, and planned to arrive in London in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations on Sunday. 

Mr Gibbs, a business development manager, paid £600 for a New Year’s Eve event in London Bridge, which is not refundable and now he cannot attend after his train from Brussels to St Pancras was cancelled. He described the communication with Eurostar as ‘appalling’. 

‘I think the way (Eurostar) dealt with it is pretty appalling in terms of not trying to say ‘this is how you rebook it, we’ll help you out with expenses’,’ Mr Gibbs told the PA news agency. 

‘They just said, ‘unfortunately, it’s cancelled, we’re sorry, get on with it’, which is shocking really.’ 

Organisers of Plymouth’s Winter Wonderland took the ‘very difficult decision’ to rip up its plans for New Year’s Eve tonight because of the expected stormy winds.

‘As much as we are very disappointed and frustrated, your safety comes first, as well as ours, and we can’t possibly take the risk,’ they said as they confirmed those who had bought tickets will be fully refunded.

Elsewhere, Barnstaple, in Devon, cancelled its annual fireworks because of the ‘horrendous’ weather, reported Devon Live.

Barnstaple Town Centre Management said it axed the display for safety reasons.

WIGAN: Clubbers brave the cold and wet weather as they hit the city centre on New Year's Eve

WIGAN: Clubbers brave the cold and wet weather as they hit the city centre on New Year’s Eve

LONDON: Met Police officers have descended on the capital ahead of New Year's celebrations

LONDON: Met Police officers have descended on the capital ahead of New Year’s celebrations

EDINBURGH: Fireworks explode during the New Year celebrations in Scotland

EDINBURGH: Fireworks explode during the New Year celebrations in Scotland

EDINBURGH: Fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle during the street party for Hogmanay New Year celebrations

EDINBURGH: Fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle during the street party for Hogmanay New Year celebrations

NEWCASTLE: A reveller gives his pal a piggyback as they enjoy the New Year's Eve celebrations

NEWCASTLE: A reveller gives his pal a piggyback as they enjoy the New Year’s Eve celebrations

NEWCASTLE: Two friends strike a pose as they hit the town amid the cold and stormy conditions

NEWCASTLE: Two friends strike a pose as they hit the town amid the cold and stormy conditions

LEEDS: Partygoers did not let the grim weather dampen their spirits as they see in the New Year together

LEEDS: Partygoers did not let the grim weather dampen their spirits as they see in the New Year together

They said: ‘Unfortunately due to the weather conditions and the gusting winds we will be unable to do the fireworks this evening due to safety.

‘We know this is disappointing, but safety is always the priority and we unfortunately can’t control the weather.’

Temperatures are set to plummet on New Year’s Day and in January increasing the chance of sleet and snow on higher grounds in the north, with frosty mornings for many.

Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘There are growing signs of cold weather developing as we head through the first half of January.

‘The chance of a significant cold spell is quite high.

‘The highest risk of snow will probably be in the North and East. But if low pressure pushes up from the southwest, this would lead to the possibility of snow as weather fronts move northeast.’



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