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 Wednesday, 1 January, 2003, 01:08 GMT
In pictures: UK celebrates New Year
Millions of people across the UK have celebrated the coming of the New Year. The start of 2003 was ushered in with fireworks and street parties but no official event was organised in London.

Fireworks in Edinburgh lit up the night sky at midnight
Crowds of thousands watched in awe as ten tonnes of fireworks were set off from Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh
The organised Hogmanay celebrations were a sell-out with 100,000 tickets sold

Festivities in Edinburgh were expected to last well into the small hours
Bands played, crowds cheered as the celebrations got into full swing

Parliament Square
Police had advised revellers to stay away from central London amid fears of overcrowding

Parliament Square
It was a time for celebration across the country

Parliament Square
As many as 20,000 people gathered in London's Parliament Square in time to hear Big Ben chime

Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin
A damp Dublin welcomes in the New Year, with a ringing of bells at Christchurch Cathedral

New Year in Newcastle
Fireworks set the night sky ablaze in Newcastle

See also:

01 Jan 03 | Scotland
31 Dec 02 | England
31 Dec 02 | Wales
01 Jan 03 | N Ireland
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