Londoners booed Boris today for making the capital’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display a paid and ticketed event.
Spectators will now have to pay £10 for a ticket. In further bad news, the event will be limited to 100,000 ticketed spectators for the first time.
Londoners took to Twitter to vent their frustration:
— Anthony Davis (@theanthonydavis) September 17, 2014
So Boris Johnson says a max 100 thousand tickets will be sold to watch fireworks in London, that’s a city of 5 million plus? #idiot
— Buford T Justice (@ajs_1962) September 17, 2014
Thanks to Boris watching fireworks is a luxury for the wealthy in LDN. It will now cost £10 to see the NYE fireworks: http://t.co/BbuQ9Dpt8H
— Jack Slater (@Mr_Slater) September 17, 2014
Boris says no more free London fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Boooooo.
— Fiona-Natasha Syms (@fifisyms) September 17, 2014
Proof, as if needed, that Boris Johnson is a complete and utter Dilbert. He wants to charge for New Year Fireworks! http://t.co/JlYIQbEg9S
— Kevin G (@kjgreenhalgh) September 17, 2014
Boris’ office said that the event’s popularity made London’s transport and safety infrastructure “untenable”
Boris Johnson said: “London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are phenomenally popular, not just in the capital, but across the world and we want to ensure it continues to be a safe, enjoyable and sustainable event for the long-term.”
You can start booking tickets from 26 September.