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Friday, 31 December, 1999, 18:07 GMT
Feast of Hogmanay events to choose from

Stirling hogmanay In Stirling a 50ft wolf statue will be set alight at midnight

The last Hogmanay of the century promises to be the biggest, loudest and most memorable.

Here, News Online details where the best millennium parties are going to be in Scotland.


Festivities in Aberdeen promise fun for all the family.

Hogmanay celebrations begin at 1200 GMT with children's events, including the Northsound Roadshow on Union Street and St Nicholas Street.

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The millennium beacon will be lit between 1530 GMT and 1600 GMT (venue to be confirmed).

Music will dominate the rest of the evening when local bands perform on Union Street between 1800 GMT and 0100 GMT.

Other events include a Hogmanay ceilidh and supper at the Music Hall, tickets 48.50 (for more information 01224 641122)

At midnight church bells will sound and fireworks will be let off. Entry free ( 01224 632727 for more information)


The people of Biggar will step back in time to mark the new millennium. They will stage the re-enactment of an ancient Druid fire festival - with bonfire and torchlight procession - in Biggar High Street between 1930 GMT and 0200 GMT.


It will cost revellers nothing to take part in the millennium ceilidh at the White Sands between 2200 GMT and 1230 GMT.

Balloons, attached with wishes for the new century, will be released and at midnight, fireworks and the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne will take place. Entry is by ticket which can be collected from the tourist office.


Celebrating the 2000 anniversary of the birth of Christ will be the focus of events organised in Dunblane.

The cathedral choir will perform the Messiah between 1800 GMT and 2030 GMT, tickets cost 10 for adults, 7 concessions and 2 children from the stationers, Smallprint, on 01786 824376.

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At 2330 GMT until just after midnight, a Watchnight Service will be held at the cathedral.

Just before the bells the congregation will light candles, listen to the Millennium Resolution, observe a minute's silence and say the Lord's Prayer.


A laser show and local bands are what is in store for revellers in Dundee.

Starting at 2200 GMT, four screens will project images to the crowd as well as show a film on Dundee's past, which include the 1938 record-breaking seaplane flight from the Tay river to South Africa and the 1878 Tay Rail Bridge disaster.

At midnight there will be fireworks and a lone piper. The 12,000 free tickets have already been snapped up.


Between 1030 GMT and 2200 the open air ice rink at East Princes Street Gardens will be opened (adults 4.50, children 3.50)

At 1700 GMT Street entertainers will perform acrobatics, pyrotechnics and percussion.

At Waterloo Park between 1100 GMT and 0100 GMT further celebrations takes place.

Fireworks, Glasgow Fireworks at George Square, Glasgow
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will perform a Millennium Gala at the Festival Theatre between 1800 GMT and 2000 GMT (tickets 10-23 on 0131 529 6000)

Between 1800 GMT and 2000 GMT, St Mary's Cathedral will be open for quiet reflection.

The big Princes Street party gets under way at 2230 GMT. The area around the castle down to Princes Street, Rose Street and George Street will be cordoned off.

The group Texas play between 1830 GMT and 2200 GMT.

Prince Charles attends a candlelit concert at St Giles Cathedral (tickets at 15 sold out) between 1730 GMT and 2100 GMT.

Into 2000
The Assembly Rooms in George Street is the venue for Jazz and ceilidh bands (tickets at 45 sold out).

Concert with Bay City Rollers at Princes Street Gardens, tickets 25.

At midnight, 4.6 tons of fireworks will be let off in four minutes.

The Millennium Clock, a 35-ft high sculpture will come to life at noon on 1 January. For more information about the capital's Hogmanay celebrations phone the box office on 0131 473 2000.

Fort William

At sunset there will be the lighting of a beacon on Ben Nevis summit.

Prior to that, in the town at 2030 GMT there will be carols in Cameron Square.

At 2115 GMT the dance Strip the Willow will be performed in the High Street followed by a torchlight procession to the site of the Old Fort where at 2215 GMT there will be a fireworks display which will be free.

From 2230 GMT to 0600 GMT there will be a ceilidh band, fairground and ice skating outside the Nevis Centre (tickets with admission to the dancing 35 or 20 for celebrations outside. For more information phone 01397 700707).

At midnight there will be a laser countdown to the new century projected onto Ben Nevis.

For more information phone 01397 703781.


From 2200 GMT, UK artists start a 100-foot drawing, which will be faxed and continued in Johannesburg, Sydney, Delhi, North America, Porto, and then back to Glasgow to be finished.

At George Square there will be bands, including the Human League, and fireworks while a Radio 1 dance party takes place at King Street car park.

Free tickets for these events have all been allocated but no tickets are needed for live music and street theatre in the Merchant City.

For more information call 0141 552 5599.

All roads in the city centre directly linked to the arenas will be shut.

Bus services will run from Buchanan Street Station until 0300 GMT.

A return ticket into and out of town costs 5, but must be bought in advance from PTE Transcentres or RS McColls outlets.


A torchlight procession from the castle will begin at 1730 GMT.

At 2130 GMT a tour bus with a ceilidh band, leaves from the castle to the Northern Meeting Park (cost 5) where at 2200 GMT there will be a British Legion Pipe Band followed by live music.

At midnight, Inverness Lord Provost Bill Smith will wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Shortly after a fireworks display will get under way from the castle.


From 2030 GMT to 0200 GMT there will be the Old Year's Night ceilidh at the Tait Hall.

Tickets are 25 including buffet.


The Moffat brothers will provide the music at a family ceilidh taking place at The Cross, High Street between 2345 GMT to 0300 GMT. Entry free.


Local band Brass Monkey performs at the barn Bar, Lergas, near Oban from 2130 GMT.


At 2300 GMT there will be a pipe band outside the cathedral followed by a contemplative service (starting 2345 GMT) with the bells chiming at midnight. For more information call 01856 872856.


Between 1430 GMT and 1930 GMT there will be free family entertainment in County Square including QFM radio roadshow, circus acts, face painting and street theatre.

A street party with bands - including ceilidh dancing - begins at 2130 GMT. Tickets, costing 1, are restricted to four per application.

There will also be a candlelit procession at 2230 GMT from St Mirin's Cathedral to Abbey Close. Information available from council offices.


From noon until 1630 GMT on Hogmanay, children can have their faces painted and make costumes.

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At 2030 GMT crowds gather for a Torchlight Procession, due to start at 2130 GMT in St Catherine's Retail Park, which goes to North Inch.

Both events are free but need tickets, available on 0845 6052000.

All car parks will be available except the multi-storey car park and the Homebase end of the retail park, access to the retail park will be via the Longcauseway only.

The Perth Bridge will be shut between 2000 GMT 0100 GMT

Shetland Islands

Beacons will be lit at the Market Cross in Lerwick, Sandwick, Haroldswick and Aith.

A procession will follow a Millennium "Bug", constructed like a Chinese Dragon, in Sandwick from the Youth Club to the Social Club where it will be burned.

A firework display will take place at Scalloway. Village halls will also be linked up through the internet, which will transmit images of their celebrations. More information from 01595 744060 or 01595 693434.


Between 1800 GMT on Hogmanay and 0800 GMT on New Year's Day there will be a millennium rave at the Centrelink 5 Complex. Entry is 77 and the event will feature a fairground, circus and clubbing session.


A free street party takes place in the town centre between 2230 GMT and 0130 GMT, with live music at Broad Street, King Street and Barnton Street.

Entrance to the Castle Esplanade costs 10, where there will be fireworks, a ceilidh, drum band and a piper.

A 50ft wolf will be set alight at midnight (a wolf's howling woke the town and saved it from an attack by the Vikings in the 9th century).

Tickets costing 75 will give revellers admission to the castle's Royal Apartments where there will be ceilidh dancing between 2030 and 0300.

For more information about tickets for the Esplanade, costing 10, phone 01786 473544.


At midnight in Stonehaven an ancient tradition to ward off evil spirits will take place in High Street.

The ritual involves revellers swinging balls of fire and throwing them into the harbour.

This event will be beamed live into the Millennium Dome, London. For more information phone 01569 762635.


An evening of folk music, dancing and poetry takes place from 2000 GMT at the ceilidh Place, 14 West Argyle Street. For more information call 01854 612103.

Western Isles

A free event is taking place in Stornoway on the South Beach which will include ceilidh music from 2345 GMT until 1250 GMT and fireworks will be let off at 0100 GMT.

For more information call 01851 703244.

A service will take place at High Church in Stornoway between 2330 GMT and 1215 GMT.

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