Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations return for first time in three years

Round 30,000 revellers attended Edinburgh’s conventional Hogmanay celebrations as they returned for the primary time in three years.

The occasion had been cancelled for the final two years on account of Covid-19 restrictions.

Organisers hailed the occasion as a serious success, with all occasions within the capital offered out.

Celebrations kicked off on Friday night with the Night time Afore occasion, headlined by pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor with particular company Altered Photographs.

And, regardless of heavy rain and falling temperatures, tens of 1000’s of partygoers rang within the new yr on Saturday on the metropolis’s Avenue Occasion and live performance in Princes Avenue Gardens, the place they have been handled to a headline efficiency from The Pet Store Boys and DJ units.

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Hogmanay revellers dressed for the climate in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Fireworks have been let off on the hour between 9pm and 11pm, counting right down to the normal midnight show.

Metropolis of Edinburgh Council chief Cammy Day stated: “As soon as once more, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations have been the envy of cities throughout the globe.

“With one of the crucial spectacular fireworks shows towards probably the most gorgeous of backdrops, this was a improbable solution to ring in 2023.”

He added: “Tonight has really been a world celebration of Scotland.”

Alan Thomson and Dani Rae, administrators of UniqueAssembly who produced Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, stated: “”What an awesome night time. Pet Store Boys rocked the Live performance within the Gardens, and revellers throughout the Avenue Occasion danced the night time away with the improbable wristbands, which actually made everyone a part of the occasion.”

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Revellers collect in Princes Avenue for the Hogmanay celebrations (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Superintendent David Robertson, Police Scotland’s occasion policing lead for the Avenue Occasion policing operation, stated: “Vital planning and preparation was undertaken forward of town’s first Avenue Occasion since 2019 and I’m happy to say that it has handed with out critical incident.

“My thanks exit to all the officers, stewarding workers and different key companions who labored diligently to make sure the Hogmanay celebrations have been a hit.”

Because the clock struck midnight and 2023 started, the Met Workplace predicted temperatures of 1C, dropping to 0C by 3am.

Lothian Buses launched a particular Hogmanay fare to get folks house safely and Edinburgh Trams ran providers till 5am, transporting some 4,000 folks house.

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