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Edition No. 133

Date:- 10 January 2004

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NEW Year's Eve firework display and the lighting of buildings in Liverpool city center was postponed as we reported last week, but on Friday 2 January the show went on. 

All the emergency services, the site managers, Liverpool city council and the Liverpool Museums were agreed that the event that was scheduled to take place in William Brown Street at 5.30pm, on New Years Eve had to be called off after the forecasts of gale force winds with sleet and snow later had been announced for latter that afternoon. This was a very well made dissension as the conditions on New Years night were dreadful.

The show took place at 5.30pm on Friday 2 January with out any problems. The celebrations included a 20 minute firework display with over 1,000 fireworks, weighing more than 150kg, being fired from the Steble fountain in St George's Plateau.

At the same time, 12 of the city centre's main buildings, the Great George's Dock Building, Port of Liverpool Building, the Sessions House, Walker Art Gallery, the Central Library, the Picton Reading Room, Liverpool Museum, Wellington Column, Steble Fountain, the Cenotaph and Monuments at St George's Plateau, St Luke's Church and the Town Hall were illuminated as part of the City of Light programme.

The display over 10,000 people on the Friday. A spokesman for the event said:- "Public safety is always paramount. Everybody involved in this event agreed that with storms predicted we could not go ahead. We risked fireworks being blown into crowds causing injury or into buildings with a subsequent fire risk. On public safety grounds we had no alternative, but to call this event off. We decided it would be safer with the forecast being better for Friday and that it would still be still be a spectacular start to the New Year"

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