Birmingham brings in the New Year

By on 31/12/2009 in News

There will be a five minute firework display over Birmingham City Centre at midnight on New Year's Eve.

People already in the city centre will be able to see the fireworks over Centenary Square.  The Birmingham Mail wheel will be open late until 1am to help celebrate the start of 2010 - access to the Birmingham Wheel is on a first come, first served basis.

The fireworks display marks the end of a busy year for the city council’s leisure, sport and culture services.

Some of the highlights include a record number of just under 3 million visitors to the Frankfurt Christmas market, more than 270,000 attending Artsfest events, over 60,000 people visiting Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery during the 19 days the Staffordshire Hoard was on display, over 13,000 runners participated in the World Half Marathon Championship and Birmingham Parks and Nurseries won silver gilt at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Christmas programme at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery has seen the hugely popular return of Father Christmas and national coverage following the new Archbishop of Birmingham's praise of the Nativity Art Trail.

There was also the return of the much loved Aston Hall by Candlelight to the recently refurbished Manor House, as well as successful historical Christmas events at Blakesley Hall, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and Soho House.
In addition to this, roads around Birmingham's Broad Street will be closed on New Years Eve in the run up to the annual five minute firework display at midnight.

The five minute fireworks display will be visible from Centenary Square and the Birmingham Mail wheel will be open late until 1am to help celebrate the start of 2010. 

The vehicle access restrictions for this event will be as follows:

11.30pm - 12.30am – Broad Street from Paradise Circus up to Sheepcote Street. 

11.50pm - 12.10am – Holliday Street from Berkley Street to Suffolk Street Queensway and the whole length of Bridge Street.

Vehicle access to pubs, clubs etc. will be permitted from Sheepcote Street down to Gas Street during the event.  A phased lifting of the traffic restrictions will be carried out as soon as it is safe to do so. Taxis will be located at the rank by the ICC, and will have access along Broad Street via the usual Gas Street/Berkley Street loop whilst the road closures are in operation.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said, “I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year.  Our diverse programme of events and exhibitions made 2009 a year to remember for local families and visitors alike.  Here's to a successful 2010!”

For further details please go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/christmas

ENDS

Media contact for New Year's Eve fireworks: Jason Lewis
0121 303 4266 or 07766 923 352
jason.lewis@birmingham.gov.uk

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