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New Year Celebrations: UK Welcomes In 2013
Large crowds lined the banks of the River Thames in London and the streets of Edinburgh as the UK welcomed the start of the New Year.
Along the Thames, up to 250,000 people watched a major fireworks display which saw the night sky illuminated with pyrotechnics to round-off a momentous year.
Revellers were able to watch clips from the 2012 Olympic Games during an 11-minute firework display set around the London Eye. Millions more watched it all on television.
In Edinburgh, tens of thousands of people descended on the streets of Scotland's capital for the world-famous Hogmanay celebrations.
Around 75,000 party-goers counted down the last 10 seconds of 2012 before joining in a mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne after the clock struck midnight.
Scottish rockers Simple Minds headlined the Hogmanay concert and street party.
The View, Bwani Junction, Reverend and the Makers and The OK Social Club also played, and fireworks were set off to mark the start of 2013.
Pete Irvine, artistic director of the Hogmanay celebrations, said: "I think it's going really well this year. It's really, really busy here tonight - probably busier than we've seen it in some time because the weather is so good."
Following their hard work during the London 2012 Games, more than 150 of the mayor's "Team London Ambassadors" volunteered at the Thames event to help ensure it was a success.
They gave out maps, helped direct people to the viewing areas, and provided guidance and advice on getting home safely.
As daylight broke in London, some 200 clean-up staff cleared 160 tonnes of rubbish left by revellers in Westminster.
The workers took just six hours to clear the streets ahead of today's New Year's Day parade in the city centre.
The Metropolitan Police said 96 arrests were made during Monday night's celebrations, with drunkenness, public disorder and assault the most common offences.
More than 3,500 police supported the organisers and stewards of the event, working alongside colleagues from the British Transport Police and other emergency services to keep revellers safe.
Chief Inspector John Williams said: "This year saw the viewing areas fill up earlier than ever before with thousands of revellers coming to see in the new year London-style.
"Officers worked hard, alongside the stewards, in very large crowds to keep people safe in what is a challenging policing environment, helping to ensure revellers and visitors alike could make their way home at the end of the night."
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "What an amazing end to an incredible year.
"Watched by hundreds of thousands in the capital and millions around the globe, London has proved, yet again, that it can pull off spectacular world-class events in style."
Today's New Year's Day parade will see a procession of Olympic Games Makers, drummers, stilt walkers and Bolivian dancers greet 2013 as they snake their way through central London.
The New Year celebrations got under way in Edinburgh as early as Sunday night, when a torchlight parade was held.
A record crowd estimated at 35,000, including 7,000 torch carriers, were led by the massed pipes and drums and the Up Helly Aa' Vikings from Shetland.
The procession made its way through the city streets to the burning of the effigy of a Viking boat and a spectacular Son et Lumiere display on Calton Hill.
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Happy new year to you all and let's hope the next one is a drier more peaceful one
Hear, hear S! Happy New Year X
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY.
And back to you Shaun. Hope it'll be a drier one! X
I dont think it could be any wetter.louisa.
I wish i hadnt made my last comment !!!!!??????
Best wishes and good luck to everyone, we'll probably need it.
I thought that london would of spent the pyro budget during the jubilee and olympics. Obvioulsy not. Were you watching australia? They just missed out " we have done it, we have done it and we have done it in style!" From the highlight sound clips
All the fireworks belching crap into the atmosphere and if anyone DARES to light a fag theres hell to pay,plus all the firework cases littering the streets when they fall back to earth.Then if you so much as to drop a sweet wrapper theres an £80 quid fine from the same council who have been setting of the fireworks.PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH COUNCILS.
You have add the cost of the fireworks too Robert. The city of Sydney spent around four million pounds on fireworks apparently. Anyone know what London spent??
The volunteers may have been helping people but the police officers we met sent us on a wild goose chase and made us miss the departure of our boat cruise costing us £340 happy new year eh
Last time i was in london i asked directions from two police officers and they told of a short cut through hyde park .but they failed to tell me there was a c.n.d march and right in the middle of the park i was suddenly descended upon by half a million protesters.it took me five hours to get to the station where i was meant to meet my girlfreind.who had decided to go back home to sudbury in tears as i hadnt turned up.
couldnt.u.have rung her shaun.
never ask a policeman for directions
This was back in the 80s andrea. No mobiles back then.
Anyone else think the ritual fireworks are getting a bit routine and boring. Moan over as I've just got up with a hangover and a bruise - no idea where that came from. Happy New Year everyone
Yes thats true geng, i thought their was gonna be more use of lasers etc etc.
Oooh the demon drink Geng. I have no sympathy. I went to bed early with a whisky, lemon and honey as I have a nasty bad throat.
Irn Bru is the answer gengisken. Lots of it and you'll be restored. Happy new year. x
I can understand how you feel geng.i woke up with burning carpet grazes to my knees.i first i thought my other must have got a bit amourous with me but apparently i was playing rough and tumble with my dog with his new toys and come off worse.and dont say a hair the dog is the cure anybody.
Other half,i mean.
Louisa - Irn Bru - lovely memories of my gran's house. She always had a bottle in the kitchen. Loved it and haven't tasted it for years.
Valerie it's complete muck - and we're all addicted to it up here! :-)
I'm going to have to get some LOL :D
Dancing elbows! They'll be the culprits every time!
Now its 2013 lets hope we can put the Olympics to bed once and for all.
Happy New Year everyone. I wonder if there is a chance that in 2013 there will be no knife or gun crime and everyone will live in peace. If only :(
We can only hope V. x
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Happy new Year to all the readers. Now can someone please explain to me why I had to dragged from my bed kicking and screaming this morning, only to rush to the loo and read the manufacturers name in the enamel for the next half hour. Ever since I have had a pounding headache and am bone dry. I am dizzy, feeling sick, guts turning over and cant think of breakfast at all! I bet you all came to the same conclusion but no I never had a celebratory drink yesterday and was tucked up in bed by 10pm. I think this has been cast on me by the spirits for not trying at least one. Happy New Year to all
Oooh you poor thing. I really feel for you. Not the best way to start the New Year.
Sounds like the norovirus windows.only lasts another 36 hours.hope your better soon.
I think Shaun is right WLU. It's the Norovirus! When will you mere humans ever learn eh? I had one Bailey's and several diet irn brus. Irn Bru is a famous antidote to the norovirus! Get well soon Windows and a happy new year. x
Just read your last sentence, so sorry for making jokes about being hungover. It really does sound like Norovirus. If you are on the lavvy as i type, it's a definite! Get well soon windows. x
I had lots of wine and vodka and was as bright as a button in the morning - very strange as my rare drinks usually half kill me next day! Pregnant?! Tee hee x
Happy New Year to you all :) Anyone fancy Bacon, sausage, mushrooms, black pudding, eggs and fried bread?? Hahaha thought not ;)
LOL Happy New Year to you Jasmin
Thank you Valerie. And the same to you. Hope its a good one for you and your Family.
Jasmine as an almost non drinker who only got up at one o'clock, it sounds bloody brilliant! Hope last night's shift wasn't too harsh and Happy New to you and to everyone on here, whether i agree with them or have scraps with them!
Happy New Year, not just Happy New!
You too Louisa. Shift wasn't too bad. I don't eat meat, I still cook it for Family and Friends though. The only bottle I had this morning was my hot water bottle lol..
Haha, good one, Happy New year everyone xx
Haha I notice some are still voting down! Oh dear! Hahaha they're never happy eh? Happy New Year to you too :) tee hee. Mwah :)
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LOL sound bloomin yummy to me even at this late hour. Happy New Year to you all and all the best for 2013. Jasmin some peeps give you the thumbs down for having an opinion, ignore them - i try!
Bleurrgh! You are a monster! Happy new year to you too! x
Funny how we are in a recession but we can always afford fireworks! Oh well I missed them. I was trying to stay awake to see in the new year but failed! Happy New Year everyone
Oh dont be a damp squib krafty, anyone would think the money spent on this event just went up in smoke.
I wonder how we can justify the cost of these shows every year.
Awww, krafty! I was on a chair, dancing to "Gangnam Style"! Ha ha ha!