This year, we thought it would be great for my daughters to experience New Year's Eve in London, so we drove up to town around 10pm, and walked across London Bridge and towards Westminster.
I was struck by so many different nationalities all heading for one celebration. I heard from someone next to me that 350,000 had joined us in the capital, so we were in good company!
We were just past Blackfriars Bridge at ten to midnight and thought it best to stay where we were rather than push any further. At the stroke of midnight, the barges of fireworks were lit, and for the first thirty seconds the display was incredible - then the breeze blew the smoke from the fireworks down river and we couldn't even see the lights on the other side of the Thames!
So 2008 began, and we couldn't have wished for a happier start to the year. My kids, exhausted but cheerful, walked back to Tower Bridge then slept all the way home in the back seat of the car!