Newcastle’s New Year fireworks display is set to return to the Civic Centre at a family-friendly time of 6pm this year.
The hugely popular display has come back to the city centre after a move last year to the Town Moor, where the ticketing system which was put in place was very unpopular.
There were also complaints that many couldn’t get a good view of the fireworks at the Town Moor site.
The return to the city centre, where Newcastle’s New Year fireworks display has been held for years, has been largely welcomed.
The early evening celebrations will see a ‘15-minute spectacular set to music’.
Heart North East Drive Show presenter Tom Campbell will be entertaining the crowds at Newcastle Civic Centre from 5.30pm at the free event.
Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Public Health, Cllr Kim McGuinness, said: “I am really pleased that the New Year’s Eve celebration will take place in Newcastle City Centre.
“This vibrant, family friendly celebration will be a lovely way to see out 2018 and welcome in 2019 with a visually stunning firework display and entertainment from Heart radio.
“There will be plenty to see and do across Newcastle City Centre over the Christmas and New Year period and this will be a fitting finale for our celebrations.”
Myth and magic
Newcastle City Council and NewcastleGateshead Initiative are once again teaming up with outdoor art experts Walk the Plank to bring a touch of myth and magic to the celebrations.
From 16 November, right through until the new year, families and festive shoppers also can take a break from shopping and enjoy a spin on one of NE1’s fairground rides, which will be found at three locations along Northumberland Street.
There will also be Christmas games for families to try their hands at, as well as the return of the spectacular Helter Skelter at the south end of the street.
New Year’s highlight
Vikki Leaney, Senior Festivals and Events Manager at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “We know that for many people, our stunning firework show is a highlight of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, so we’re pleased to announce the return of the display back to the heart of the city.
“As well as Newcastle’s New Year fireworks display, there are lots of amazing events and experiences on offer on New Year and across the winter period as part of the wider NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival.
“From Enchanted Parks in Gateshead and Skating at Life Science Centre to traditional pantos and festive markets in Newcastle, there really are some great things on offer for everyone to enjoy this season.”
Midnight fireworks uncertain
There will be no New Year parade through the city centre this year however.
Events will be taking place throughout the afternoon but there has been no decision yet as to whether there will be midnight fireworks on the Quayside.
A Newcastle Gateshead Initiative spokeswoman said: “There are an exciting number of developments and events taking place across the city this year, which have an impact on planning and logistics.
“This combined with limited funding means there will be no winter parade this year.
“NewcastleGateshead Initiative will continue to work with Newcastle City Council and wider partners to develop the festive offer for 2019 and beyond.”
She added: “At present we are still working on the feasibility of midnight fireworks for 2018.
“A decision will be made soon, subject to funding.”
For more detail about the wider NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival, please visit: www.newcastlegateshead.com/winterfestival
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