Friday, January 2, 2009

England welcomes in the New Year

Thousands of revellers braved the cold weather to see in the New Year at events across England.

The largest celebrations took place in London, where crowds lined the banks of the Thames for the city's annual fireworks display.

Firework displays also started 2009 in Birmingham and Manchester, the city's first major firework event since the millennium.

Temperatures fell below freezing in several parts of England.

Up to half a million people were thought to have been at the firework display in central London, with the night one of the busiest of the year for the Metropolitan Police.

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