'Why?!' Mayor blasted for cancelling London New Year's Eve fireworks

13 October 2021, 11:54 | Updated: 13 October 2021, 15:24

London's New Year's fireworks have been cancelled again
London's New Year's fireworks have been cancelled again. Picture: LBC/Alamy
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A furious Nick Ferrari reacts to the news London's New Year's Eve fireworks display has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to 'uncertainty' over Covid.

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The event normally draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to the banks of the River Thames which led to Nick Ferrari listing some of the events which would still go ahead.

"I would imagine 60,000 people were at Wembley yesterday for England vs Hungary," Nick said.

"80,000 people, you can bet your life will be in Twickenham in November for England vs Australia.

"35,000 people will be in Trafalgar Square for the Diwali celebrations later this month."

Nick Ferrari asked "why" when all these other events were taking place did the Mayor decide to cancel the London New Year's Eve fireworks.

"I bet you any money you like that New York does its celebration, Paris does its celebration, everybody else does their celebrations."

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There are however plans for a replacement event in Trafalgar Square, which could be attended by thousands of people.

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A spokesperson for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "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.

"Further details of this year’s celebration will be announced in due course."

Westminster City Council has reportedly put in an application for a live music event in Trafalgar Square.

Mr Khan revealed on LBC’s Speak to Sadiq last year that the 2020 fireworks would not go ahead due to coronavirus.