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Last Updated: Monday, 1 January 2007, 11:05 GMT
Fire ceremony marks start of 2007
Fire festival - picture by Andrea Britton
The fire ceremony is a popular event in the north east
Hogmanay events in the north east escaped the severe weather which affected celebrations elsewhere in Scotland.

Pop veterans Wet Wet Wet headlined in Aberdeen while the annual fireballs ceremony and New Year open air event took place in Stonehaven.

The Granite City's free event began at 2100 GMT in the Castlegate and drew in thousands of people.

Thousands also attended the fire spectacle in Stonehaven's High Street.

Grampian Police said parking restrictions and road closures were put in force.

Parking restrictions

Market Square played host to the town's open air party which started at 1900 GMT on Sunday and ran to about 0200 GMT on Monday.

Inspector Jim Gordon said that the High Street was closed from Dunnottar Avenue to the Shorehead and parking restrictions were in force for the entire length of High Street from noon on Sunday.

Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet enjoyed a reasonably storm-free evening

There was no repeat of the severe conditions which led to the cancellation of the Aberdeen event on 31 January, 2003. The Waterboys were due to be the headliners on that occasion.

Revellers endured wet and windy conditions in the early evening but by the time festivities reached full swing the weather had calmed down and Wet Wet Wet entertained a reasonably dry audience.

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