Illuminated: Laser show marks unveiling of Shard
2012-07-12 0:00

By Dominic Harris |

Shard light show fails to illuminate London skyline.

Londoners were left feeling Shard done by after a light show to celebrate the giant building’s grand opening failed to illuminate the skyline.

The laser display, which began at about 10.15pm yesterday, fired beams of light from the skyscraper to landmarks across the London skyline.

But expectations that the show would be a wonderful spectacle visible all across the city were somewhat dashed, and many felt the grand opening ceremony was little more than a damp squib.

Debbie Lemon, 30, who tried to watch the show in Honor Oak Park, south-east London, said: "That was bitterly disappointing.

"We were expecting a light show and saw fairy lights twinkling in the distance - nothing out of the ordinary."

Barry Treasure, 29, who also tried to watch the show in Brenchley Gardens, south-east London, along with dozens of other residents, added: "With such hype, we were so underwhelmed.

"We couldn’t see a thing, the only difference was some flashing lights on St Paul’s."


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"The Shard is joint-owned by the state of Qatar and the Sellar Property Group, and it was funded by the Qatar National Bank."

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