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Fireworks ends Edinburgh Festival

Fireworks display at Edinburgh Castle
More than 100,000 fireworks will be set off in Edinburgh

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Edinburgh centre to watch the fireworks concert to mark the end of the Edinburgh International Festival.

The spectacular finale has been sponsored by the Bank of Scotland for the past 11 years.

More than 100,000 fireworks will be used to illuminate the skyline against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

The 45-minute performance kicks off on Sunday at 2100 BST with live music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Scotland's internationally acclaimed young conductor Garry Walker has been rehearsing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for their performance of Prokofiev's passionate and dramatic Romeo and Juliet.

The Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert is the biggest annual event of its kind in Europe using 4.5 tonnes of explosives, with over 150 firing sequences and up to 200 fireworks in each sequence.

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