Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Torchlight procession kicks off Hogmanay events in Edinburgh

Up Helly Aa Vikings at the start of the parade
Image caption The procession was led by Shetland's Up Helly Aa Vikings

A torchlight procession through the centre of Edinburgh has kicked off the city's official Hogmanay celebrations.

About 7,500 torchbearers took part in the event, which was led by Shetland's Up Helly Aa Vikings and the massed pipes and drums.

Organisers had expected 20,000 people to line the route of the procession, which went from The Mound and Princes Street to Calton Hill.

The event also featured fireworks and a sound and light display.

An estimated 80,000 people are expected to attend the city's Hogmanay celebrations on Tuesday, which are headlined by the Pet Shop Boys.

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