Scotland

Hogmanay celebrations as Scotland welcomes the new year

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Image caption Fireworks across Edinburgh marked the start of 2019

Hogmanay celebrations have taken place across Scotland as people gathered to usher in 2019.

The largest Hogmanay event was held in Edinburgh where the city's world famous street party was a 60,000 sell-out and rock group Franz Ferdinand headlined the Concert in the Gardens.

Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling were among the other places throwing public events.

It was forecast to be mostly dry across Scotland during the celebrations.

Hogmanay events in Edinburgh kicked off on Sunday with pipe, drum and dance bands leading the annual Torchlight Procession.

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Image caption More than 160,000 people were expected to descend on Scotland's capital over three days of celebrations
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Image caption The Divas and District Pipes and Drums perform on Princes Street during the New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

As well as the street party, the 10,000 capacity concert in the city's Princes Street Gardens included performances by Metronomy and Free Love.

More than 160,000 people were expected to descend on Scotland's capital for the various outdoor gatherings over three days of celebrations.

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Image caption Thousands of people turned out to see the fireworks in Edinburgh

However, revellers had been warned by police not to use drones to film the street celebrations.

To mark the year of Brexit, six Scottish writers were asked to each write a love letter to Europe with these then projected onto buildings and landmarks around Edinburgh from 1 January.

Events across the country

Stirling was hosting two fireworks displays, one of which was for families, while Inverness promised the "the biggest hoolie in the Highlands" to see out 2018.

The Red Hot Highland Fling took place in the city's Northern Meeting Park, where an estimated 10,000 people gathered to see bands including Blazin' Fiddles, The Trad Project band and Tide Lines.

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Image caption Members of of the public take part in a torchlight procession along the Royal Mile during Edinburgh 2018 Hogmanay celebrations

Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire was also having its annual fireballs parade, where a piper led the procession swinging balls of fire above their head.

Continuing the fire theme, the Perthshire village of Comrie hosted a torchlit procession known as the flambeaux.

Aberdeen hosted a number of ceilidh parties as well as a street party, while in the South Lanarkshire town of Biggar residents had been stacking up piles of wood for their annual Hogmanay bonfire.