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Hogmanay revellers bring in new year across Scotland

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Image caption Fireworks lit up the sky over Edinburgh

Tens of thousands of people have gathered at events across Scotland to bring in the new year.

Edinburgh led the country's Hogmanay celebrations, with 80,000 people attending the world-famous street party and fireworks.

Paolo Nutini and The Charlatans were the headline acts for this year's events in the Scottish capital.

The Edinburgh events are estimated to be worth more than £40m to the Scottish economy.

Police Scotland said there was a "very visible police presence" at the event.

Divisional commander Ch Supt Kenny MacDonald said: "I'm confident we have an appropriate and proportionate policing plan in place to make sure we deliver a safe and secure event."

Revellers were allowed back on to Calton Hill this year after a ban over safety fears was lifted.

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Image caption A total of 2.6 tonnes of fireworks were set off
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Image caption Paolo Nutini headlined the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
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Image caption Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds also entertained Edinburgh revellers

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, the City of Edinburgh Council decided to do a U-turn following a review of last year's events.

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

More than 1,000 hours of planning goes into delivering the Midnight Moment at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party, widely regarded as the UK's most intense six minutes of fireworks.

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Image caption People light write 2017 in Edinburgh's Princes Street prior to the celebrations

There is 8km of wire connecting up to 94 modules, each with 32 cues, to deliver the 2.6 tonnes of fireworks up to 300m above the Edinburgh skyline. They are fired by 14 pyrotechnicians from Titanium Fireworks.

There were more than 10,000 shots and stars in every firework colour.

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Image caption Tens of thousands of people were at the Edinburgh festivities
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Image caption Hogmanay revellers began to gather on The Mound well before midnight

Nearly 10 tonnes of equipment were used, filling three lorries and five vans.

A team of more than 25 people from Titanium Fireworks, Unique Events and Historic Scotland worked into the night to clear, in eight hours, what took five days to set up.

All the empty cardboard tubes will be recycled - enough to fill three large skips - as well as a metre square crate with igniter wire.

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Torchlight procession

The Hogmanay celebrations followed a torchlight procession from The Mound to Calton Hill on Friday.

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Image caption Shetland's Up Helly Aa Vikings led the traditional Torchlight Procession on Friday night - as Edinburgh geared up for Hogmanay
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