Isolated British explorers at the South Pole are planning a wild and boozy New Year’s Eve megaparty without Covid restrictions.
The lucky Antarctic researchers will be able to celebrate in style in one of the few places on Earth that is Covid free.
The British Antarctic Survey base at the South Pole, staffed by 26 men and women, is one of the most isolated places on the planet.
Because it is clear of coronavirus, there are no social distancing rules or bans on get-togethers.
Scottish engineer Ross Bingham, 32, will lead the dancing at Rothera base on Adelaide Island in his kilt.
He said: “It’s an awesome place to be at Hogmanay and we’ll have a dram. We have a large supply of whisky as it does not freeze at -30C.
“We will all talk about how lucky we are to be able to party when the rest of the world is in lockdown.”
The base, run by the Natural Environment Research Council, studies climate change, geology, evolution, space and ecosystems.
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It is 1,155 miles south of the Falkland Islands, which are a five-hour flight away. But ex-soldier Ross is dreading the end of his contract in four months.
He said: “We have all been following the pandemic online and I can’t say I am looking forward to wearing a mask and queuing at supermarkets.”
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