Birmingham's leisure chief has defended the decision to axe the city's traditional New Year's Eve party because, he claimed, it did not justify its #170,000 price tag.
Councillor John Alden (Con Harborne), cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said dwindling numbers at the event had led him to re-think the council's Christmas and New Year programme.
Money saved from axing the Millennium Point spectacular will be spent on a midnight fireworks display and a much larger pre-Christmas programme of entertainment.
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The decision was criticised by opposition Labour members who claimed parents would not bring their children to the city centre just to watch fireworks.
However, Coun Alden said although almost 20,000 people turned up to the 2005 event to see in midnight, most of the crowd arrived as the stage entertainment was drawing to a close.
Coun Alden said: "Although the numbers picked up at 11.30pm, there was not a sufficient amount of people who attended and I thought that #170,000 for such an event was not good value for money.
"I am sure the people who did attend enjoyed themselves but we have pressures on the budget and we have to show that money is spent wisely for council taxpayers.
"When the council launched the event more than ten years ago it cost #100,000, which I understand was raised through sponsorship.
"The money we save this year will be spent on a funpacked pre- Christmas programme."
Last year, more than 15,000 people crammed into the area outside the Curzon Street venue to hear the chimes of Big Ben, relayed on two giant screens either side of the stage, heralding a spectacular fireworks display.
Coun Alden said pre-Christmas events this year would include a 50-strong illuminated canal barge parade and a pantomime horse race, as well as the return of Santa's Grotto and an expanded German market.
Coun Alden said he hoped revellers would come out of pubs and clubs to enjoy the New Year fireworks displays, which would be launched from four sites across the city centre.