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Cities' Hogmanay revels cancelled
Skyline of Edinburgh
Dark skies above Edinburgh where fireworks should have been
Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh and Aberdeen have been cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

Concerts and fireworks in the capital were called off just one and a half hours from midnight.

More than 100,000 revellers with tickets for the Princes Street party were asked by police to disperse.

A combination of snow, gales and power cuts in Aberdeen led to the council taking the decision to call off their event.

About 50,000 people had been due to take to the city's streets.

The Edinburgh extravaganza was expected to be the main focal point of the capital's four-day long Hogmanay celebrations, which will come to an end on New Year's Day with thousands more expected in Glasgow and Inverness.

A highlight of the Edinburgh celebrations, which was expected to generate 34m, was to be a mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

Ceilidh stage

The main event of the evening, the Royal Bank Street Party, in Princes Street, was a ticket-only sell-out.

There was due to be a DJ stage, a ceilidh stage and a pop concert in the Gardens.

At the stroke of midnight, The Seven Hills Fireworks display was due to light up the skies as the revellers join hands to sing the Robert Burns favourite, Auld Lang Syne.

Couple under brolly
Smiles despite the disappointment in Edinburgh
In Aberdeen thousands of revellers had hoped to see a gig by the Waterboys.

Byelaws which forbid drinking on the streets of Aberdeen were also being temporarily relaxed over the Hogmanay period.

In Glasgow thousands of revellers took to the streets despite the heavy showers of rain and sleet.

The highlight was a massive concert in George Square where 25,000 revellers flocked to see headline act The Proclaimers.

Ensuring revellers' safety in the capital was a task undertaken by at least 350 police officers, 400 security staff and more than 30 first aid personnel.

Partygoers in the Highland capital of Inverness were treated to a firework display overlooking the city's castle and river.


SEE ALSO:
Hogmanay set for capital show
14 Nov 03  |  Scotland
Safety first at New Year bash
11 Dec 02  |  Scotland


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