Just as 2020 was dominated by group video calls, staying at home with pets and bracing walks in the cold British weather, so were the new year celebrations.
Here’s a look at how people welcomed the start of 2021.
image captionFireworks lit up the sky behind a windmill in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, as 2020 drew to a close. “The fireworks were completely caught by chance as I set up my camera in the hope the houses behind the windmill would let some off come midnight,” James Tierney told the BBC.
image captionTen-week-old Benji welcomed in the new year with his owner Becky Kane in Mid Calder, West Lothian. “I usually spend New Year with friends or family. However, it was just me and Benji this year due to self-isolating,” Becky said.
image captionBournemouth’s first sunrise of 2021 was caught on camera by Arthur Yeung
image caption“I didn’t take a dip but lots of people I know did,” Euan Duncan from Prestwick said. A group of swimmers braced the cold waters of the Firth of Clyde, near the Isle of Arran. Mr Duncan said he saw in the new year during an online party with friends and family.
image captionA rainbow that emerged over Old Bolingbroke village, near Spilsby, Lincolnshire, on New Year’s Day, was spotted and photographed by reader Debbie Waldron.
image captionYameen Rasul (top left), from Manchester, spoke with her sisters, mother and father on a WhatsApp video call as they joined millions of people celebrating New Year’s Eve at home. “Normally we would celebrate with friends and family together, usually fireworks and food, this was a great alternative for a difficult year for our family,” Yameen said.
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