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In pictures: New Year's Eve

Big Ben and London Eye

The sound of Big Ben chiming at midnight ushered in the new year for thousands of people who gathered in central London.

London Eye

The centrepiece of the London celebrations was a dazzling midnight fireworks display around the London Eye.

Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle

A fireworks display over Edinburgh Castle was one of the highlights of the city's four-day Hogmanay celebrations.

Crowds

Police said about 200,000 people thronged the centre of London for the occasion - 50,000 more than last year.

Many in London described the party as "fantastic".

A woman and man celebrating in front of the London Eye

Thousands of people nationwide enjoyed a few drinks as part of their celebrations.

Image of boxer Amir Khan on building as backdrop

In London, celebrations began with images of sporting and other heroes projected onto buildings.

A woman and man kissing

A couple kissing were among those who took to the streets of London, despite a Tube strike which failed to create the havoc that had been widely expected.




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