Torchlight parade kicks off Edinburgh's celebrations

Fireworks over Edinburgh The torchlight procession was followed by a spectacular fireworks display

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Organisers said record crowds attended a torchlight procession through the city centre to mark the start of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

More than 6,500 people carried torches through the streets to Calton Hill. Up to 30,000 people watched or took part in the parade.

It was led by 17 Lerwick Up Helly Aa Vikings and five pipe bands with over 100 pipers and drummers.

The event kicked off the city's Hogmanay celebrations.

The procession was followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Visitors are expected from more than 50 countries for the three-day event.

Steve Cardownie, Edinburgh's festivals and events champion, said: "This year, Edinburgh's Hogmanay was recognised by Wanderlust Magazine as the best place to celebrate the turn of the year - confirming what we've known for a long time.

"I'm delighted that so many of this year's events are at capacity already. It promises to be a sensational start to 2012."

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