Sadiq Khan cancels New Year’s Eve Trafalgar Square event

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Sadiq Khan cancels New Year's Eve Trafalgar Square event
Sadiq Khan cancels New Year's Eve Trafalgar Square event. image: youtube

Sadiq Khan cancels New Year’s Eve Trafalgar Square event

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, announced on Monday, December 20, that the planned event in Trafalgar Square on New Year’s Eve was being cancelled. This decision probably doesn’t come as a surprise due to the reported surging rate of Covid infections in the capital.

The event had been announced in November, designed to replace the annual fireworks celebration that normally takes place in the Square. It would have paid tribute to 6,500 key workers, plus members of the public. Mr Khan said it was being called off, “in the interests of public safety”.

“This will be very disappointing for many Londoners, but we must take the right steps to reduce the spread of the virus. I’m proud that we will still have an incredible broadcast spectacular to watch on our screens, which will showcase our great city to the rest of the world”.

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Mr Khan explained that in its place, a television show will be broadcast live on BBC1, and BBC iPlayer. It will be a celebration of the city, and its defining moments of 2021. People were urged by the mayor to please watch the programme from the safety of their homes, as it would not be visible from the ground anyway.

Only last Saturday, the mayor had declared a major incident in London over the rapid spread of Omicron. In the last seven days, more than 65,000 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the city pointed out Mr Khan. This has led to an increase of 29 per cent in hospital admissions, as reported by bbc.com.


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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  1. Use the money that pollutes the atmosphere with fireworks and help poor people and businesses that need help to stay healthy and in work! Happy SAFE Christmas to all!

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