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Yes it’s that time of year again. The time where we get all sappy and nostalgic for lots of things. The years gone by, the festive season, holidays, and most importantly… the loss of the midnight fireworks.

I don’t know about you but I actually can’t remember the last time Newcastle had midnight fireworks. I have a feeling I was barely 16 and sitting at home with my parents having a cheese plate wishing I was out partying with the cool party people. Obviously now I know that New Years parties are not all they are cracked up to be and that staying home with a cheese plate (with or without your parents) is actually a great idea.

For those brave enough to head out and about however, you were, once upon a time, rewarded with ringing in the new year with a literal bang and a glorious display of fireworks at midnight. For some, it became all about finding the right spot, with many setting up camp at around midday. I always admired these 12-hourers and think they have strength that the likes of our government surely lacks. There were others who were just lucky enough to stumble out of whatever humble establishment they may or may not have been sinking numbers beers in, to be greeted with a rainbow coloured sky. But of course… not any more kids.

The nanny state that is Newcastle is not interested in ringing in the new year with a bang at all. There will of course be the 9pm fireworks for kids and families which translates into a poor excuse for a cop out if you ask me but no midnight shebang. I mean, the carols at Bar Beach had a spectacular fireworks display and someone definitely blew the budget (yes again at 9 but it’s carols so ease up), so why couldn’t we swing a midnight display?

With all the work going on in the inner city, I was under the impression we were trying to follow in the footsteps of our larger more sterile comrades so why cling on to the small town vibes now when fireworks and years that are new are concerned?

What will it take to bring back the midnight display? And who even decided that it would go missing in the first place? One year it was there, and the next it wasn’t. It sounds like the rail line if you really get into the nitty gritty of it but hopefully this won’t be such a permanent stuff up.

Fireworks forever. Nanny state never.