‘That can’t be it’ New Year’s fireworks display in London slammed as ‘let down’

The New Year's Eve fireworks display in London appears to have left a lot to be desired if social media – and Sky News – is anything to go by.

A now-viral social media clip from the news channel's coverage of the off-again-on-again display, which did not take place at the usual location on the Thames, ended with ridicule.

It appears that one member of the Sky News crew was left deflated by the scaled-down fireworks, saying: "Is that it? That can't be it?"

Sky News doesn't have the official television rights to show the end-of-year explosions, which is why their coverage was less organised than rivals at the BBC.

However, they did show crowds upon crowds of people watching the show, despite being warned by the Government to stay away and not gather in large groups for the festivities.

The five-minute display featured a lot of fireworks and drone displays across various locations in London, but mainly Greenwich in the southeast of the capital.

Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London tweeted his delight at the display, saying: "What a show."

However, Twitter didn't agree.

NHS worker Sam Cosham replied: "Did we watch the same display? It wasn't a par on last year."

And Joanne Clements – tweeting under the name @Joannekarma – wrote: "I'm sorry but turning a usually extraordinary display, closing one year and building hopes and dreams for the coming one, into a non-stop music / narrative son et lumière (despite the excellent messaging) felt something of a letdown.

"No magic, just PR."

That feeling was echoed by @Londoner_2019, who tweeted: "It was really awful this year. Disjointed, boring, and did it need a two min introduction.

"Last year's was brilliant, especially the designs done with the drones for the NHS and Captain Moore."

Fireworks were let off all across the UK, despite large events being cancelled in the vast majority of places.

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