Bringing in the New Year in Birmingham

By on 31/12/2010 in Culture, News

Birmingham will be seeing in 2011 with a fabulous five minute firework display over the city centre at midnight on New Year's Eve. 

People already in the city centre will be able to see the spectacular display of vibrant colours light up the night sky from Centenary Square. 

Broad Street will be closed between Paradise Circus up to Sheepcote Street from11pm – 12.30am.  In addition, Holliday Street up to Berkley Street will be closed 11.45pm – 12.15am.  

The fireworks display marks the end of a busy Christmas and Winter Events programme for the city council’s leisure, sport and culture services. Some of the highlights included a record number of over 3 million visitors to the Frankfurt Christmas Market and over 30,000 visitors to the Christmas Parade which featured Santa on his sleigh, pulled by six real reindeers and culminated with Wizzard front man Roy Wood receiving his Broad Street Walk of Stars plaque. 

The Christmas programme at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery saw the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham and the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham attend the launch of the magnificent Nativity Art Trail and the popular return of Santa in his Grotto.  There have also been successful historical Christmas events at Blakesley Hall and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said: “Our diverse programme of free and low cost events this Christmas has delighted local families and visitors alike this year, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.”

ENDS

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

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