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Mayor confirms 2013 New Year fireworks at the London Eye

London will start 2013 with the now-customary fireworks display on the River Thames around the London Eye, the Mayor of London confirmed on Thursday.

The London Eye on the South Bank has been the centrepiece of the capital's New Year celebrations each year since 2004.

The 2013 display is expected to last around 11 minutes.

"Our New Year's Eve fireworks will cap a triumphant year for London," said Boris Johnson.

"As we welcomed the world to the magnificent celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the glorious success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London was at its very best.

"From the thrilling sporting action to the breathtaking cultural celebrations, it has been an unforgettable year and I am immensely proud of the contribution that our ambassadors made to that success.

"As we go into 2013 with a spectacular fireworks display I hope we can build on that energy and enthusiasm to make ours the best big city in the world."

The New Year fireworks display is always enormously popular. Each year it attracts a capacity crowd, who have a long wait in the designated viewing areas along the Thames.

There is limited space with the viewing areas likely to be full by 9pm or 10pm. Access to each zone will be closed as soon as it is full.

• The Mayor is also inviting Londoners to attend his Christmas Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral on Monday 17 December.

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