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Midnight on new year’s eve in London saw the banks of the River Thames full of revellers.

Show and Event Security deployed more than 1800 stewards and security staff to secure road closures and run a crowd management system on the north and south banks of the river from Waterloo Bridge to Blackfriars. The night saw an audience of an estimated 123,000 people in viewing areas between Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge, which were kept to a pre-calculated capacity, managed through a ‘count’ system and a further 55,000 in overflow viewing areas.

The New Year’s Eve in the capital takes almost a year in the planning so the Show and Event management team add that they are already busy debriefing and developing the crowd management plan for December 31, 2013.

June saw the Enfield-based event security contract company work at the unveiling of a memorial to the crews of the RAF Bomber Command of the 1939-45 war, by the Queen in the north-west corner of Green Park in London. The event was attended by members of the Royal Household, senior dignitaries and politicians from the UK and overseas and invited members of the Bomber Command Memorial Foundation. The event was relayed to a screen in the salute area within Green Park for those unable to be accommodated in the main ceremonial area.

Show and Event deployed a team of 100 security people, supported by the Met Police and volunteers from the RAF and RAF Benevolent Fund, to assist invited guests into the dedicated viewing areas and to secure the perimeter of the event. The Queen arrived from Buckingham Palace through a designated route in to the park.

The Queen Victoria Memorial, affectionately known as ‘The Birthday Cake’ was the stage for a one day music concert on June 4, 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

The event was attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family with 6,000 members of the public in two seating blocks and 8,000 more in a standing area around the Memorial and down the mouth of the Mall.

Show and Event were commissioned by Robbie Williams Productions Ltd to provide crowd management and security services and write a crowd management plan for the concert which included a month-long build-up.

The contractors say that the underlying methodology of the crowd management plan was to direct and assign the visiting members of the public and invited guests into the concert arena in a safe manner by preventing any area from becoming overcrowded during ingress or egress.

Show and Event were also contracted by Innovision to provide a crowd management plan for viewing areas in the parks surrounding the concert site, this was called The Two Parks Plan. The main areas of responsibility on the Monday were monitoring a viewing area in Hyde Park, which held six screens and preventing public access onto Green Park. On the egress of the concert Show and Event also had responsibility for managing the areas accessing Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Embankment Tube stations.


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