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Last Updated: Sunday, 31 December 2006, 00:14 GMT
Call for safety at street party
Hogmanay in Edinburgh
A fireworks display in Edinburgh is held to bring in the New Year
New Year revellers are being urged to be "safe, sensible, warm and happy" as final preparations for Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations get under way.

About 100,000 people are expected to bring in the bells in the city centre, which will see pop icons the Pet Shop Boys joining the New Year's Eve party.

People have been urged to wrap up warm and drink sensibly at the event.

Organisers said they were confident the party would go ahead despite severe weather warnings.

It is the first time that people attending Edinburgh's Hogmanay will be able to buy alcohol on Princes Street.

However, drinkers under the influence of excessive alcohol may be refused entry to the street party and organisers are urging people not to bring glass into the arenas.

Councillor Brian Fallon, of Edinburgh Council, led the calls for party-goers to keep safe.

He said: "We want to ensure that Edinburgh continues to host the best and safest New Year celebrations in the world.

Tom Halpin, deputy Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, warned that people could be searched as they go into the street party.

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