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Thousands of revellers see in new year as St George’s celebrations return

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The Mayor of St George, George Dowling, sees in the new year. (Photograph Ras Mykkal)

St George’s was back in form for New Year’s Eve, with mayor George Dowling III estimating a crowd of 2,000 in and around King’s Square by early in the night to welcome 2023.

Bye 11pm, the Olde Towne was packed with revellers dancing to the WallStreet Band and dining on vendors’ meals from Ordnance Island and down Water Street.

“We have a fantastic crowd here that has exceeded expectations,” Mr Dowling said, watching from the steps of the town hall.

Don Oakland and his family celebrate new year at St George. (Photograph Ras Mykkal)

“It’s long overdue for St George’s. Hopefully, if everybody’s health stays where it is, we can build on what we have here tonight, make it better next year and keep this going.”

Fine and clear weather for the night came as a relief for organisers of the open-air event, which culminated with the midnight countdown by MC Nadanja Bailey for the traditional Onion Drop.

King’s Square festivities near midnight on New Year’s Eve (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

Mr Dowling was optimistic St George’s could establish itself again, with the easing of pandemic restrictions, as the place to party for New Year’s Eve.

Denny O’Connor sees in the new year at St George (photograph Ras Mykkal)

“We’re trying to build a brand around WallStreet, New Year’s Eve and our vendors.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out, thank the band and DJ Iceman and our sound technicians for entertaining everyone, and most importantly the staff at the Corporation of St George’s.”

Sarah Ible rings in the new year at St George (Photograph Ras Mykkal)

It was a welcome comeback for normality with more party hats than masks in sight in the packed square.

Many in King’s Square sat through the full night of music and families ate dinner on the grass at Ordnance Island.

King’s Square was all lit up for the New Year’s celebrations (Photograph Ras Mykkal)
King’s Square was packed for the New Year’s celebrations (Photograph Jonathan Bell)

Towards midnight a few thousand people crowded the square for Bermuda’s version of the Times Square Ball Drop.

Kai Morris was one of the thousands of people who saw in the new year at St George. (Photograph Ras Mykkal)

The countdown broke into cheers as the onion was lowered; the old year went out and the new one came in.

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Published January 03, 2023 at 8:11 am (Updated January 03, 2023 at 8:11 am)

Thousands of revellers see in new year as St George’s celebrations return

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