75,000 enjoy spectacular Hogmanay show

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has been hailed as a great success, after three sell out days of excitement and celebration in the city centre and beyond.

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Huge crowds lined the streets on Tuesday 30 December to witness 8000 lucky torchbearers taking part in the 2014 Torchlight Procession. Those in attendance were treated to the spectacular sight of a river of fire wending its way through Edinburgh from George IV Bridge, down the Mound and along Princes Street before the climb to the top of Calton Hill, where a fantastic presentation of music and fireworks provided a truly stirring end to the evening.

On the night of 31 December, the festivities hit new heights, with the world famous Street Party, Concert in the Gardens and The Keilidh, where party-goers from far and wide enjoyed top class music and entertainment.

75,000 partygoers enjoyed acts as diverse as pop icon Lily Allen, the legendary Soul II Soul, DJ Tom Loud and his Hot Dub Time Machine, and Scottish favourites Eddi Reader and Twin Atlantic, as the capital put on a special show for its citizens and guests. And as the midnight hour came, the capital's skies were lit up with another of the incredible firework displays for which Edinburgh's Hogmanay has become famous.

Pete Irvine, Director of event organisers, Unique Events said:

What a great night. Lily Allen rocked the Concert in the Gardens, and a full Scottish line up across the Street Party stages was a great way to start 2015

Steve Cardownie, Festival and Events Champion, City of Edinburgh Council, added:

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations have long been the envy of cities across the globe. With one of the best artist line-ups ever, tonight has been a truly fantastic event, bringing together 75,000 revellers from all over the world to bring in the bells in the heart of our great capital city. Where better to kick off 2015

The new year got underway with yet more Hogmanay fun, in the shape of the Loony Dook and Scot:Lands.

The Dook, held between the familiar landmarks of the Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge, saw hundreds of hardy souls braving the freezing water of the river Forth to see in the new year.

Back on dry land, thousands of culture fans enjoyed a day of secret venues, random chance and unexpected treats, as Scot:Lands offered up some of the best in Scottish artistic creativity.

And to round things off, Edinburgh Rugby took on Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield on Friday 2 January, in the second leg of the 1872 Cup. A record crowd of just under 16,000 saw the home side overcome a 16-6 first leg deficit to win 20-8 and 26-24 on aggregate to take the Cup for the first time since 2009.

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