St Ives New Years EveSt Ives BID2022-05-19T09:37:12+01:00
St Ives New Years Eve
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Once Christmas Eve and Boxing Day are over, it’s full speed ahead to New Year’s Eve: perhaps St Ives’ most famous event.
Planning for this event begins in February, with the BID and Council working closely with Perfect Events Group in order to ensure that the night is both safe and fun for everyone attending.
Each year at midnight a full fireworks display is planned, launching off Smeatons Pier. The BID and Council liaise with the police and ensure there are safety marshals in place to keep order on The Wharf, where upwards of fifteen-thousand revelers gather to see the new year in.
Positivity and community spirit are key themes in December. After the NYE Fireworks for 2021 had to be canceled it was felt that this year’s celebrations should be a little rewarded for the efforts that had been put in during the first 18 months of the pandemic. As a town that truly thrives on tourism and visitors, the dedication that is put in not just in the summer months and school holidays, but also during the cold winters and quiet evenings doesn’t go unnoticed. The New Year’s Eve festivities are not just for the visitors who come down for the evening, but also for those who live and work in St Ives.
Despite holding off for as long as possible, it became clear in mid-December, and following updated advice from Public Health England, the BID and Cornwall Council felt that it was necessary to once again postpone the fireworks until a later date.
The BID worked hard to find a solution but came to the conclusion that the fireworks display may cause more damage, especially at a time when concerns were spiking yet again. Once the decision had been made to cancel the fireworks, the BID and partners shifted their focus to measures to keep the visitors that were already in town for New Year’s Eve safe. This included, but was not limited to, liaising with St John’s Ambulance, making sure medical cover was in place, and working closely with local police forces that were planning to be on the streets during the evening and night. And when all is said and done the streets are cleaned up and returned to normal as quickly as possible.
As always the BID’s focus was on ensuring local businesses felt as little negative impact as possible following the disappointments of the previous two years, and to ensure that if the night was to go ahead, it was as safe and enjoyable as possible for all.
Currently, the BID’s plan is to move the fireworks to the Jubilee Weekend – the first weekend in June to mark Her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne.