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Edinburgh's Calton Hill Hogmanay ban lifted

Calton Hill Pic: John Easton

Hogmanay revellers are to be allowed back on to Calton Hill in Edinburgh after a ban over safety fears was lifted.

Council officials decided to shut the city landmark for six hours over the bells last year saying "the hill was unlit and uneven under foot".

However, City of Edinburgh Council has decided to make a u-turn following a review of last year's events.

Some fireworks are also fired from the hill as part of the midnight display.

Organisers of the event said they would pay for stewards and change the fireworks firing zone on the hill.

Richard Lewis, City of Edinburgh Council's festivals and events champion, said: "The council will ensure Calton Hill remains open to the general public on Hogmanay night.

"A small area of the hill will be used as a fireworks site by the organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay. This area will be stewarded."

"The Midnight Moment Fireworks on 31 December, which lift from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, from Princes Street Gardens and Calton Hill can be seen from viewpoints across the city."

Access to Calton Hill during the Torchlight Procession on 30 December will be limited to those with torches and paid wristbands.

A spokesman for Unique Events, organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, said: "The midnight firework display lifting from Calton Hill on 31 December will be a showpiece of the celebrations and will be to a similar scale as in previous years.

"As always, they will steward the fireworks zone on Calton Hill securing the perimeter to maintain public safety and ask that no members of the public approach the firing zone."

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