Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Best New Year for Celebration

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Best New Year for Celebration

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WITH New Year's Eve fast approaching, ERINN KERR takes a look back at the biggest New Year celebration of all time JUST 12 years ago we welcomed in the new millennium, a unique event celebrated right across the world.

Among the first to witness the clock strike midnight on January 31, 1999, were the Pacific Islanders ... the last were the Americas.

Somewhere in between, 36,000 people lined the River Tyne eagerly awaiting the new millennium.

The party on Newcastle's Quayside was one of massive proportions and in addition to music and entertainment, the night boasted an impressive fireworks display which travelled up the river, accompanied by a laser light show and water cannons.

The event was the result of months of planning by Newcastle City Council and the Millennium Commission.

Haymarket was also at the centre of the celebrations as the day kicked off with a street parade, which had a carnival theme, and was a real hit with local families.

Children in the area celebrated the millennium by burying a time capsule at the Civic Centre.

In other parts of the region, the New Year was also welcomed in with parades and fireworks, as was the case in Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Alongside the celebration in our region, the millennium was also celebrated by the construction of the Millennium Dome in London, which was not welcomed by many Londoners as much the New Year was.

The project suffered managerial and financial problems from its inception and was criticised by many as not representing the image of London and struggled to attract the forecasted number of visitors.

The Dome is now the much more successful 02 Arena, one of the world's premier concert venues.

Also characteristic of the new millennium was the fear of the dreaded millennium bug, which was predicted to crash technology worldwide as the clocks struck midnight on January 1, 2000.

The idea was that the date and time would set all electric clocks to 00:00:00 and systems across the globe would shut down. …

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