Rowdy New Year’s Eve revellers cause chaos on wild night to welcome 2020 – PICTURES

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Rowdy New Year’s Eve revellers cause chaos on wild night to welcome 2020 – PICTURES 1

Police and paramedics were again stretched to the limit on one of their busiest nights of the year as New Year’s Eve revellers hit pubs, bars and nightclubs until the early hours. Photographers were on hand to capture moments of madness as as scraps, spewing and wild scenes erupted across Britain as the stroke of midnight heralded the new decade. Massive firework displays were held in cities such as Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Inverness and Nottingham.

Thousands of people lined the Thames as London kicked off the new decade to the roar of football anthems such as Three Lions with the festivities providing a prelude to the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, had promised the display – which also featured music from Stormzy, Wiley and Bastille – would be the best the capital “has ever seen”.

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Big Ben rang out 12 times to mark the start of the new year despite the bell falling mostly silent in 2019 while renovation work is completed.

London’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display was sold out, with around 100,000 revellers packed into the streets around Victoria Embankment.

Around 2,000 fireworks set off during the display were fired from the London Eye, with the remainder coming from barges moored in a central location along the River Thames.

The show celebrated London’s role in hosting this summer’s international football tournament, which will take place in countries across the continent rather than being hosted by a single nation – and will see the capital host more fixtures than any other city.

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Seven of the competition’s matches are set to be played in the capital, with Wembley Stadium scheduled to host the final and semi-finals.

“Footballs coming home” blared out as the Baddiel, Skinner and Lightning Seeds’ favourite accompanied the spectacular show, followed by The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army and classical hit Nessun Dorma.

The 1990 World Cup theme was played as the city welcomed in 2020 with a dazzling riverside fireworks display, featuring more than 12,000 fireworks.

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