‘Dead cool’: Newcastle New Year’s Eve lasers labelled the future by impressed spectators

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There were no fireworks over the Quayside again as 2023 arrived in Newcastle - but spectators didn’t seem to mind.

Geordies and visitors bringing in the New Year on the Quayside in Newcastle were left impressed by the new elevated Laser Light City show installed to bring in 2023.

The traditional fireworks display was switched to the laser show last year as a result of Covid-19 worries and was seen as a safer and more sustainable way forward, hence reintroduced for last week.

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Spectators could witness the show, designed by BAFTA award-winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle, at multiple points throughout the evenings between December 30 and January 1 - with a show to bring in the New Year just after midnight on New Year's Day.

Those who celebrated the New Year under the laser lights were left pleased with the spectacle, many sharing their striking photos online.

One social media user labelled the use of lasers instead of fireworks as "dead cool" and others called it "impressive" and wrote, "how beautiful is our city".

Another who saw the Laser Light City display on New Year's Day said: "Fab Laser Light City show at Newcastle Quayside tonight."

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Others wrote: "Newcastle had lasers instead of fireworks for the second year. Well done Newcastle City Council. Let's hope more cities follow their lead. Drones are better shows these days."

Ahead of the event Councillor Lesley Storey, Cabinet Member for A Vibrant City at Newcastle City Council, explained that the laser display had been chosen as "a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative" to fireworks.

Laser Light City went down well with spectators in NewcastleLaser Light City went down well with spectators in Newcastle
Laser Light City went down well with spectators in Newcastle

Cllr Storey said: “The build-up to Christmas has been wonderful in the city, and now we turn our attention to the New Year, and the start of what we hope will be a very happy and positive 2023.

“The Laser Lights were so well received last year I am delighted that we are welcoming them back. It means we are able to offer an innovative and incredibly visual event in the city that is free to attend and open to everyone.

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“It’s also great that the laser lights are a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to fireworks to support the city’s carbon zero ambitions, whilst also ensuring less noise pollution and being pet friendly too.

“And as the lights shows are happening at regular intervals over three days, it is such an accessible event. Families with young children will be able to visit the earlier shows, and those out celebrating New Years’ Eve have something to enjoy as we welcome in 2023.”

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