London saw in 2005 with a £1 million fireworks display at the London Eye. Before midnight a silence was observed for victims of the Asian Tsunami disaster.
Countdown to midnight on the Shell Centre
Organisers expected 150,000 people to gather around the Embankment and South Bank to see the display.
The fireworks were choreographed by Jack Morton Worldwide, the company responsible for staging the opening and closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics.
"Imagine what a fantastic backdrop London could provide for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012!
"I hope that everyone enjoys the fireworks, and that they make it a New Year's Resolution to 'Back the Bid' and help London win the Games for 2012."
2005 will be a significant year for the Bid. In February, the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission will visit to see for itself how London's plans are shaping up. And on 6 July the IOC will meet in Singapore to decide whether London will be chosen as host for the 2012 Games.
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