In the U.K., 152 year old Big Ben in the Clock Tower in London is the main focus on New Years Eve. On 31 December 1923, the midnight chime of Big Ben was broadcast live for the first time when BBC engineer AG Dryland climbed up on to a roof top opposite the Houses of Parliament with his recording equipment!
|Big Ben, New Years Eve celebrations|
Here is a link to a short video on the BBC archive website from 1936, talking about the first recording of Big Ben's chimes:
How the Big Ben chimes were first recorded for broadcast by the BBC
How will you be spending New Years Eve 2011??
Wishing you all the very best!