Labour supporters claimed New Year’s Eve revellers belted out ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ last night as the White Stripes’ infamous Seven Nation Army was played at the London fireworks display on the River Thames.
The display, broadcast by the BBC, kicked off with the roar of football anthems such as Three Lions, with the festivities providing a prelude to the Euro 2020 football tournament.
Featuring music from Stormzy, Wiley and Bastille, it saw 12,000 fireworks fired in total, including 2,000 from the London Eye – with the remainder coming from barges moored along the River Thames.
Despite the jaw dropping fireworks, many took to Twitter using the hashtag ‘OhJeremyCorbyn’, as supporters claimed the chant could be heard over the track.
The hashtag was one of the top trending topics across the UK today, but many also questioned the integrity of those saying they could here the Jeremy Corbyn chant, with some asking their followers who attended the event to confirm if it actually happened.
Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations. Mayor Sadiq Khan promised it would be the ‘best fireworks the city has ever seen’ to ring in the new decade
Fireworks light up the London Eye as thousands watch the city’s fireworks display from the banks of the River Thames
Despite the topic trending, some dismissed the claims that the chant could be heard at all
Others also said that some believed the song was about Jeremy Corbyn and that people didn’t know the original.
Many can be heard on the BBC’s coverage singing along with the tune which goes ‘oh oh oh oh oh’, but some questioned the claims put by Labour supports who suggested they had made the song their own.
Playing the song had been a move which had been popular during the Labour leader’s campaign trail ahead of the General Election.
Others also questioned whether or not the song was actually being sang during the display
The BBC broadcast the event which is attended by hundreds every year, with millions tuning in to watch the countdown.
Since 2010 music has been played during the fire works and for the last few years music editing company Bounce has provided the music to go with the display.
Many social media users hit back at Labour supporters singing the song with some claiming that the opposition hadn’t realised they had lost in the General Election, which was held last month.
Many took to social media to joke about the Labour supporters singing their own version of the song
One Twitter user said: ‘Young people in London singing #OhJeremyCorbyn to welcome in the New Year. You have to respect their resilience to dust themselves off from Labour’s horrific election defeat until you realise they don’t know they lost’.
Another user said: ‘Labour supporters trending #OhJeremyCorbyn is just adorable. I don’t think they realise they’ve lost yet.’ She later added: ‘Labour are clearly still in the denial stage of grief. Does it need four more defeats before they reach the acceptance stage?’.
One added: ‘This whole #OhJeremyCorbyn thing is so cringy his cultists are nuts for singing it. Do these people realise he just lost 3 elections in a row with this election being Labour’s worst defeat? You lot have been brainwashed!’
This is while Labour supported branded Corbyn the ‘man of the decade’. With some even urging the leader to ‘give it another bash’.
Labour supporters took the opportunity to praise Jeremy Corbyn for the work he has done
The event sold out after more than 100,000 tickets were snapped up, and travel on Transport for London (TfL) services will be free between 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve and 4.30am on New Year’s Day.
London Major Sadiq Khan said the capital will ‘project confidence’ on the world stage with its impressive display at the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Speaking in the city centre ahead of the celebrations on Tuesday night, Mr Khan said: ‘Hand on heart, these are going to be the best fireworks London has ever seen.’
He added the ‘world’ will be watching the display and he hoped it would show London was a ‘global city’.
Last year Mr Khan was slammed for making the event ‘too political’ after he was accused of using the event to push his own agenda on Europe.
The London Eye was lit up in a manner that resembled the flag of the European Union, despite the UK’s vote to leave the bloc.
It is not clear how much involvement Mr Khan as on the selection of songs and playlist which is put together by Bounce.
The Mayor’s office said its works closely with the event production company on the playlist and that the BBC is also consulted.