London has welcomed the dawn of 2021 – or perhaps the end of 2020 – with a dazzling light and fireworks show on the Thames, including tributes to the country’s National Health Service and notable figures from the year of Covid-19.
Amid the fireworks, several light projections filled the sky over the O2 Arena for the televised display, one of which showed the NHS logo in a heart while a child’s voice said “Thank you NHS heroes”.
An image was also projected of the familiar figure of one of the UK’s heroes of 2020, Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised PS33 million ($A58.5m ) by walking in his backyard.
There was also a humorous nod to one of the peculiarities of the past year – working from home – with a mute symbol backed by a voiceover saying “You’re on mute”.
As coloured lights shone at various points up the Thames, leading to more fireworks above Wembley Stadium, the Black Lives Matter movement was also recognised, before closing with the voice of Sir David Attenborough calling for all people to work in 2021 to help our “fragile” planet.