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City considers Hogmanay insurance

Amy Macdonald and Sandi Thom
Amy Macdonald and Sandi Thom are heading the bill

Councillors are to decide whether to insure Aberdeen's Hogmanay celebrations against cancellation this year.

Singers Amy Macdonald and Sandi Thom, and Keith Jack - a finalist in television's Any Dream Will Do contest - will star in the 300,000 event.

Councillors will decide on Friday whether to pay just over 11,000 for a policy covering the costs if it is called off on the day.

In 2003, severe weather forced the event to be cancelled.

Aberdeen City Council hopes the "fantastic" line-up will reinforce Aberdeen's reputation as a key destination to celebrate Hogmanay.

Acts will start at 2100 GMT and entry is free. Entry will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

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