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Revellers party on streets of Edinburgh

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Around 75,000 partygoers counted down the last 10 seconds of 2012 before joining in a mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne in Edinburgh
Around 75,000 partygoers counted down the last 10 seconds of 2012 (Getty)

Thousands of revellers have partied on the streets of Edinburgh, the city dubbed the home of Hogmanay, to welcome the new year.

Around 75,000 partygoers counted down the last 10 seconds of 2012 before joining in a mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne after the clock struck midnight in Edinburgh.

The world-famous event saw Scottish rock band Simple Minds headline the Concert in the Gardens, following performances from The View and Bwani Junction.

They were among 14 acts performing across five stages, including Mercury Prize nominees The Maccabees and Reverend and the Makers.

Countdown fireworks at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm set the sky alight, with the five-minute midnight display from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle set to music for the first time.

The tracks played were from bands who have performed at the street party in the past as more than 2000 firework cues were used, triggering over 17,000 shots from 45 locations.

Partygoers from across the world visited the city to join in the events, which also included a ceilidh with 3000 people dancing as the bells chimed.

Tickets for the celebrations were bought by people in more than 60 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Turkey and the US.


© PAA 2013

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