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Petition for Belfast New Year's Eve fireworks celebration in 2016

A petition has been created calling on Belfast City Council to bring back a New Year's fireworks display next year.

Millions of revellers welcomed in the New Year with a bang in cities around the world last night, but in Belfast the celebrations were sedate.

While pubs, clubs and restaurants had a busy evening, there were no civic events, free public concerts or firework displays to mark the turn of the year.

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The only recognition the capital's council made of the incoming new year was an illuminated "light countdown" at Belfast City Hall as midnight approached.

A free concert was last held at city hall in 2008, and Belfast City Council say there are no plans to reintroduce it.

Expense and lack of public interest were blamed for the ending of the celebrations.

But with Belfast's recent transformation into major city break destination and with Northern Ireland's growing popularity given its starring roles in blockbuster films and television shows, many are unimpressed that we are failing to get into the spirit on New Year's Eve.

Today, the first day of 2016, a petition has been opened calling for the council to reinstate a New Year's bash to allow the people of the city to come together and welcome in 2017.

Announcing the creation of the petition, organisers Love Belfast - a guide to what's on in the city - said: "Belfast has lost its spark.

"Let's get Belfast City Council to re-introduce New Year's Eve celebrations in the city. 

"Every capital city in the UK, Ireland and around the world celebrate with fireworks."

Within hours of its opening, the petition has already had over 700 signatures.

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