Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Glitter and Glow Get the Party Started; City Lights Up for New Year Celebrations

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Glitter and Glow Get the Party Started; City Lights Up for New Year Celebrations

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Byline: Dan Warburton

AFOUNTAIN of fireworks lit up the Newcastle skyline last night as thousands of people gathered to bring in the New Year early.

Partygoers had thronged through the city centre as a glowing parade of illuminated cars branded Glowmobiles brought a carnival atmosphere to the streets.

Families braved the sub-zero temperatures to watch the illuminated cyclists and fire-breathing vehicles light up Grey's Monument, then Northumberland Street, as they made their way to Newcastle Civic Centre amid music and dance.

And after the thousands of people snaked their way through the city, a spectacular fireworks display peppered the sky in an early-evening celebration.

Among those who turned out to witness the event was Chris Baxter, 44, who owns his own business, and his wife Heather, 37, from Chester-le-Street in County Durham.

The pair brought their three-year-old son Luke, who attends Castle View Nursery in Chester-le-Street, to enjoy the festivities.

Heather said: "It's brilliant. I feel really privileged to be here so close and witnessing it.

"Luke thinks it's fantastic, he loves the lights and he loves the cars. He has been mesmerised."

Meanwhile, Mary and Eddy Wallace, both 80 and originally from Jesmond in Newcastle, travelled more than 280 miles from Portsmouth to celebrate in their home town.

Mrs Wallace said: "I have never known it this cold, but it's worth it for something so amazing.

"We come back every year because there is nowhere else in the country where you can do things like this."

The 20 illuminated Glowmobiles were transformed by specially-commissioned artists to mark the climax of the NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival.

The display, which featured vehicles ranging from a pedal-powered airship to a giant silver fish, brought the city to a halt as they entertained people on the street. …

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