The eyes of the world were on Greenwich at midnight as we welcomed in 2021 and ushered 2020 out the back door.
London’s 10-minute display for 2021 over the Thames aired on television at midnight, and began with a poem which addressed the pandemic, that said: “In the year of 2020 a new virus came our way; We knew what must be done and so to help we hid away.”
Light projections lit up the sky over the O2 Arena at Greenwich Peninsula, including the NHS logo in a heart accompanied by a child’s voice saying: “Thank you NHS heroes”.
Above The O2, 300 drones formed a series of images to reflect 2020, including paying tribute to the NHS, Captain Sir Tom Moore and Black Lives Matter, and sent a message of love and togetherness for 2021.
The display ended with a call from Sir David Attenborough about the need for action on climate change.