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Last Updated: Friday, 29 December 2006, 16:05 GMT
Hogmanay preparations under way
George Square
25,000 revellers are expected to visit George Square
Work has started on transforming the heart of Glasgow for the city's Hogmanay celebrations.

Despite severe weather warnings, Glasgow City Council said it was confident the event, which is expected to attract 25,000 people, will happen.

The local authority said it was seeking more detailed reports from the Met Office as construction work on the main stage in George Square got under way.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Tower has closed to visitors due to high winds.

The 416ft (127m) high attraction at the Science Centre re-opened to the public last Friday after being closed for 18 months.

The Tower is exposed to the elements, while George Square - where revellers will bring in the New Year - is sheltered.

If the city's Hogmanay celebrations have to be cancelled, Glasgow City Council said it would inform revellers before they have to travel.

Councillor John Lynch, executive member for cultural and leisure services, said: "We are very optimistic that the Hogmanay event will go ahead.

"We will make a decision as early as possible in order to give people the opportunity to make alternative arrangements."

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