Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

WELCOMING IN THE NEW YEAR; Glowing Revellers Brighten Up Toon Party

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

WELCOMING IN THE NEW YEAR; Glowing Revellers Brighten Up Toon Party

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TYNESIDE welcomed in 2009 in spectacular style.

Fireworks and a glistening parade of colour and light provided a glowing start to the New Year in Newcastle and Gateshead.

New Year's Eve celebrations went off with a bang as thousands of revellers braved subzero temperatures and took to the streets of Newcastle to catch a glimpse of the green goddess fire engine and musical milk float.

Excitement lit up the audience after they were asked to deck themselves with festive lights - the more creative the better - to welcome the so-called Glowmobiles to Tyneside.

Throughout the afternoon, two 'Transformation Glowbeauticians' worked out of an illuminated and decorated VW campervan to illuminate unsuspecting passers-by with glowing badges, hats, glow sticks and even whole costumes.

Now in its second year, the Glowmobiles parade saw the debut of three new art cars - the Munch musical Ice Cream Van, the pedal-powered Rickshaw Airship and a pick-up truck transformed into an glistening Ice Palace.

The magical cars spouted flames and blasted out music as they paraded from Grey's Monument, up Northumberland Street, to the Civic Centre for a magical firework conclusion.

Joining in the celebrations were Yvonne Gilbey, 32, her mum Jean, dad Sam and two sons Matthew, five, and Aiden, two.

Yvonne, of Deckham, Gateshead, said: "It's fabulous, the kids just love it.

"We came last year and wanted to come back. We like the car dressed as a fish and the fire engine best - they're great. The kids jumped about a mile when the flames were set off.

"I think something like this is great for Newcastle. You can get out with the kids and have fun with them at New Year. It's good having the fireworks early as well, not just at midnight, so the whole family can enjoy them."

On route to the Civic Centre, the parade stood still for a sensational fire-breathing display by Gladys, a 1957 Green Goddess fire engine, which spurted flames 30ft into the sky.

A soundtrack of party tunes was also set by the Tone Float, a milk float transformed into a wacky melodic instrument, while a VW Golf covered in astro turf saw crazy golf in a whole new light. …

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