Sydney and London Compete for the Most Expensive Fireworks Display

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Sydney splashed a whooping $7 million to sparkle the city’s night on New Year. Red fireworks cascaded off Sydney Harbour Bridge, transforming the iconic structure into a giant Aboriginal flag. But 11 hours later, London also sparkled with a spectacular display over Big Ben – leaving many questioning which was better. It cost £1.8million and lasted just 11 minutes – significantly better value than the $7million Sydney display which set ratepayers back more than $900,000 for the 15-minute show.

Crowds were then sent into rapturous cheers and applause by the main event which was synchronised to a soundtrack of some of 2015's biggest hits, including Uptown Funk and Hold Back The River

Sydney’s display was declared  as the biggest and best ever. However, London’s show sparkled in colour as well and left people in awe.

More than 12,000 fireworks were unleashed as part of the unforgettable New Year fireworks display in ;London

One girl was pictured posing for a photo on a friend's shoulders as the fireworks display went off at midnight in London 

In the Eye's shadow: Revellers in Central London dance ahead of the New Year celebrations on the banks of the River Thames last night

The city was illuminated in glitter in a 20-minute firework spectacular right across Sydney, with the display centred on the Harbour Bridge

Harbour Bridge was lit up and attracted a lot of people.

The towers either side of the bridge were lit up in indigenous images as the fireworks spread across the sky in an array of stunning colours

During the firework display the city shone in a range of different colours, evoking the theme 'city of colour' - at one point a ravish red

The city shone in a range of different colours, evoking the theme ‘city of colour’ – at one point a ravish red.

Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve fireworks display  in Sydney

Boats filled the harbour while millions of people stood by the water's edge for the best vantage point of the fireworks to welcome 2016

At one point the city was covered in a beautiful mauve and purple glow as the colour continued to change

More than 70,000 tonnes of fireworks were used and more than 18 months of planning went into the pyrotechnic spectacular 

Just so you know, more than 70,000 ton of fireworks and used and a total of 18 months to plan the pyrotechnic show.

The harbour's water edge looked red as the sky lit up in an array of red and white fireworks, with awestruck revelers looking to the sky

The fireworks exploded from the Harbour Bridge in all directions and someone in the crowd was heard yelling 'go bridge!'

Fireworks explode on Sydney Harbour to mark the beginning of New Year's Day 2016 as millions watch on

The theme is 'a city of colour' and the 9pm 'family fireworks' in Sydney lit the entire city up like a rainbow

But the event attracts more than 1 million revellers to Sydney Harbour, which makes the cost less than a dollar per person.

That’s just awesome!


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