As midnight struck, Britain welcomed in 2023 for the first time in years with dazzling fireworks, light shows and drone displays.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan told Sky News that the celebrations would capture everything the last year had to offer.
And it did. The London Eye was transformed into the colors of the Ukrainian flag as London showed its solidarity with the embattled country.
A glittering palette of colors also shimmered across the River Thames as London celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride.
Drones flew over the skyline to form a crown in a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II before the show ended in the colors of the Union Jack.
Despite the dreary rainy weather, more than 100,000 people are said to have gathered in front of the London Eye to see the sold-out exhibition.
Some revelers with umbrellas were spotted off Embankment as early as 6pm and snakes were sighted at 9pm.
“These are the biggest fireworks in Europe,” said Sadiq.
“I think these are the best fireworks displays in the world – they’re the best we’ve had in London, the biggest we’ve had in London.”
He had hinted at “three tremendous surprises” that would appear in the exhibition, which would serve as “a reflection on the past year”.
“It’s a really important way to ring in the new year,” Khan said.
“It will be a love message from London, sent to our friends across Europe and around the world.
“It’s really important that we make a full recovery after the horrific two, three years that we’ve had because of the pandemic.”
As midnight struck from east to west, Countless people greeted the new year with food, dancing and good drinking.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) attempted to break two Guinness World Records with their Abu Dhabi exhibition, using 452 pyro drones and more than 15,000 nano lights, colors and shapes.
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https://metro.co.uk/2023/01/01/brits-welcome-2023-with-spectacular-new-years-fireworks-displays-18020290/ The British welcome the year 2023 with a spectacular New Year's fireworks display