Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unhappy New Year for Many ATTOWN Moor Celebration

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unhappy New Year for Many ATTOWN Moor Celebration

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Byline: Hannah Graham Reporter @HannahGraham21

ANEW Year event which left children "bored" has been criticised by disappointed spectators.

While some called the fireworks show and bonfire on the Town Moor "amazing", others were left cold by the New Year's Eve celebration.

Organised by Newcastle City Council and the NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), it replaced the earlyevening parade and fireworks show which has previously taken place in the city centre.

The council has given PS300,000 to NGI towards the cost of the New Year's Eve celebrations between 2016 and 2020, including this one.

Sunday's event featured dancers, puppeteers and an elaborately designed bonfire - but many of the 15,000 people who attended said they couldn't see anything but the fireworks at the end.

Patricia Woodward's family of 10 stood 25 metres from the front, but, she said: "The children were very disappointed and quickly became bored as all they could see were the sculpture, which was impressive, and the backs of hundreds of people in front of them.

"There must have been thousands in the same position as the stage was not raised. There are many lessons to be learned if this event is to occur again next year."

According to Patricia "people left in their droves" as they realised how little of the performance was visible.

However, she added: "We did witness the bonfire as we left and the fireworks were spectacular.

"It was obvious a lot of effort had gone into the evening but it was wasted as we saw very little." Grandfather Bill Dodds was also left unimpressed.

He said: "Bitterly disappointing. "The ground was like a muddy swamp and it was pitch black so you couldn't see where you were going. I would estimate less than 10% of people could see what was going on and small kids never stood a chance - lots of people gave up and left early. …

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