[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 1 January 2007, 20:04 GMT
Parade and party welcome in 2007
Men in costumes at London's New Year's Day parade
Some 10,000 performers took part in the parade
Thousands of people have been attending a parade in London and a music beach party in Brighton as the UK continues its New Year celebrations.

Organisers said about 550,000 people attended London's annual New Year's Day parade, featuring an estimated 10,000 performers from a variety of nations.

And 20,000 music fans are attending DJ Fatboy Slim's Brighton beach party.

On New Year's Eve, strong winds and heavy rain caused the cancellation of official events in a number of cities.

Among those affected were Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool and Newcastle.

The New Year's Day parade in London, involving marching bands and carnival queens, began in Parliament Square at noon and continued for two miles to Piccadilly.

Motorbikes from the Goldwing Owners Club of Britain led the event.

They were followed by the Fort Myers High School Marching Band, who had to fight a travel ban by Florida education chiefs imposed because of fears about safety in London following the 7 July attacks in 2005.

A lot of places took a battering but the strong winds have now moved off
BBC Weather Centre

Following the decision by parents to veto the ban, the 117-strong band raised $500,000 (260,000) to make the journey.

Russian dancers, riders on penny-farthing cycles, miniature steam engines and a Hindu Scottish pipe band were among the other performers.

In Brighton, thousands are attending Fatboy Slim's beach party, Big Beach Boutique 3.

Only those who have a Brighton postcode have been able to buy the 30 tickets.

Ahead of the event, the DJ said: "There's nothing better than playing in your home town with a beautiful beach."

He added: "There's been a lot of planning. We don't want anyone to get hurt, we don't want anyone to get cold."

Public safety fears were raised the last time the Hove-based DJ, also known as Norman Cook, held a gig on Brighton beach, in July 2002.

The party attracted 250,000 people instead of the anticipated 60,000, leaving the emergency services struggling to cope.

Lifeboat rescue

A woman fell to her death from railings and more than 30 people were injured at the event, at which a lifeboat had to pluck revellers from the sea.

The events on London and Brighton are going ahead after a night of severe weather across the country which saw a number of New Year's Eve shows called off.

Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow were among those affected, as were firework displays in Newcastle and Liverpool and a concert in Belfast.

But about 350,000 revellers saw a midnight firework display light up the skies above the London Eye attraction.

A clown
The London event went ahead despite poor weather overnight

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: "There was atrocious weather around the country last night and we wish to send our best wishes and goodwill to those who saw their New Year's Eve disrupted."

The Metropolitan Police - which had 3,200 officers on duty - said all viewing areas on the Thames were full.

Ninety-nine people were arrested, mainly for public order offences and drunkenness, police said.

Between midnight and 0400 GMT, the London Ambulance Service said it dealt with 1,562 calls, up 8% on the same period last year, with the majority related to alcohol.

A spokesman said it was the highest number of calls for a New Year's Eve it had received since the Millennium.

The BBC Weather Centre said high winds had now moved away from the UK and were not expected to return.

A spokesman said: "A lot of places took a battering but the strong winds have now moved off."


If you have any photos or video of wild and windy weather, or of your New Year's celebrations, you can send them to:

yourpics@bbc.co.uk or to send via MMS please dial 07725 100 100.




VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
Scenes of celebrations across the UK



SEE ALSO
Crowds gather at Fatboy beach gig
01 Jan 07 |  Southern Counties
New Year parade draws thousands
01 Jan 07 |  London
Weather spoils Hogmanay parties
01 Jan 07 |  Scotland
Kylie comes back with festive gig
01 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
Storms leave homes without power
01 Jan 07 |  Northern Ireland
City's New Year fireworks shelved
29 Dec 06 |  Merseyside

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites




FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific