SURPRISE London fireworks and a light show have ushered in the New Year as the whole nation hopes for a brighter 2021.
The night sky was lit up over the capital tonight in a spectacular display.
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Fireworks were set off in London tonightCredit: PA:Press Association
Fireworks were let off in London to mark the New YearCredit: PA:Press Association
A light show is seen over Tower BridgeCredit: Reuters
The spectacular sight lit up the night skyCredit: PA:Press Association
Fireworks over South West London tonightCredit: Rick Findler
Fireworks on Tower Bridge tonightCredit: Reuters
People gather on Everton Brow overlooking Liverpool to welcome 2021Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Friends share a drink on Primrose Hill in LondonCredit: Splash News
Cops speak to a group of people in Leicester Square in LondonCredit: w8media
Groups of people gather together at Piccadilly CircusCredit: AFP or licensors
Police next to the statue of Eros in Piccadilly ask a man to move alongCredit: PA:Press Association
Pals get a takeaway drink in NewcastleCredit: North News and Pictures
A couple pose for a picture in front of the London EyeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Pals use sparklers to display the year 2021 on Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade in ScotlandCredit: Duncan McGlynn
The fireworks came despite the traditional London show being banned due to the Covid pandemic.
The new year ‘2021’ was illuminated into the darkness, alongside a flying bird.
A light display was also projected from the Tower Bridge.
Some determined revellers flouted strict lockdown rules and headed out to mark the end of 2020.
However, cops were out in force to move them along and keep the streets empty – with fines of up to £10,000 threatened for those who break the rules.
Strict Covid rules mean there will be none of the usual New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Pubs and restaurants are shut across the nation as 20million people went into Tier 4 this morning, meaning no mixing is allowed outside of household or support bubbles.
Streets in Central London are empty this evening, with usually-bustling areas in the capital eerily quiet.
Central city areas – usually hubs of mass celebrations at this time of year – are deserted across the UK.
Publicans across the country have been forced to tip kegs full of beer down the drain, as almost all pubs in the UK will be closed tonight.
Cops have warned the public they will be fining people breaking the rules by meeting up with others tonight – starting with £100 and rising to £10,000 for people having parties.
And they will be focusing their patrols in London on areas with the highest rates of Covid infections too, they said.
Despite the strict rules, a string of illegal New Year’s Eve raves are being secretly planned across Tier 4 London.
A large group of New Years Eve revellers have a party on the beach at Eype in DorsetCredit: Alamy Live News
A man is detained in South Bank, London tonightCredit: Reuters
Cops speak to a woman in London during New Year’s celebrationsCredit: Reuters
Cops on horseback monitor the streets in LondonCredit: AFP or licensors
Large crowds gather in South Bank, London, despite Covid restrictionsCredit: Rex Features
Empty streets in Cardiff this eveningCredit: Huw Evans Picture Agency
Fireworks were set off in Newcastle tonightCredit: PA:Press Association
Kegs of beer have gone to waste as pubs are forced to shutCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
London resembled a ghost town on New Year’s EveCredit: w8media
A near-empty street in Newcastle tonightCredit: Reuters
Cops said they will be patrolling to stop any lockdown partiesCredit: w8media
Fireworks were let off early in Newcastle this eveningCredit: North News and Pictures
Pals celebrate the New Year on Primrose Hill in Central LondonCredit: Splash News
Trafalgar Square – usually the centre of New Year’s celebrations in London – is boarded up to deter revellersCredit: Chris Eades
Quiet streets in Edinburgh on New Year’s EveCredit: PA:Press Association
An empty St Pancras station in Central LondonCredit: AP:Associated Press
Pals head to the off licence to pick up beersCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Thousands of people are expected to attend the events which could send Covid spreading even faster through the capital.
Despite officials insisting there will be no fireworks or light shows to mark the New Year, there is speculation there will be some celebrations.
A test display of lights was seen over Tower Bridge in Central London last night.
Meanwhile in Newcastle, fireworks were set off early this evening to avoid crowds gathering later.
Coronavirus cases continue to soar as a mutant strain of the bug sweeps across the UK.
Today, Britain saw its highest ever daily rise in cases with 55,892 infections reported in the past 24 hours.
A further 964 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities to 73,512.
The rise in cases means a total of 2,488,780 Brits have now been infected with the bug.
Today’s rise in deaths is only slightly smaller than yesterday’s figure of 981 – the highest daily toll since April – amid fears that the high toll may not be a lag in reporting, as was thought yesterday.
Empty streets in Manchester tonightCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The London Eye on New Year’s EveCredit: Rex Features
Lights in the night sky on New Year’s Eve seen from Ironbridge, near Telford in ShropshireCredit: PA:Press Association
Lucky revellers in Britain’s only Tier 1 area – the Isle Of Scilly – toasted the New Year in pubsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Cops patrol London tonightCredit: London News Pictures
Pals carry pizza and beer in NewcastleCredit: North News and Pictures
A rainbow art installation beams over BirminghamCredit: Alamy Live News
Buckingham Palace on New Year’s EveCredit: w8media
A test display of lights was seen over Tower Bridge in Central London last nightCredit: Michael Tomas @LondonViewpoints
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