Starting 2015 with a bang! London unleashes 15 TONS of fireworks... but crowds are down 80% due to £10 tickets

Revellers watched on as a giant clock, illuminated on the side of London's Shard skyscraper, counted down to midnight triggering wild celebrations across Britain. The New Year started with a bang as an explosion of light from some 12,000 fireworks - weighing a combined 15 tons - filled the sky above London's South Bank - including spectacular blasts from the frame of the London Eye. The 11-minute display, which is said to have cost £1.8million and was accompanied by an electronic soundtrack, featured a poignant commemoration of the centenary of the First World War with bursts of red fireworks representing poppies.