Edinburgh Hogmanay: city welcomes new year 2015

Spectacular fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. Pictures: Jane Barlow
Spectacular fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. Pictures: Jane Barlow
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Tens of thousands of revellers have brought in the New Year bells at Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay street party.

Locals and visitors from across the globe flooded Princes Street and the surrounding area to give 2015 a warm Scottish welcome.

Fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. Pic: Jane Barlow

Fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. Pic: Jane Barlow

Fireworks were set off every hour from 9pm to add to the excitement, and revellers were entertained by the Hot Dub Time Machine DJ set.

Featuring a hit from each year since 1950 and broadcast on six massive screens around Princes Street, it was a popular addition to this year’s party programme.

An eclectic music line-up - including Edinburgh’s Young Fathers and Twilight Sad, folk star Eddi Reader and funk group Soul II Soul - got everyone in the party mood, while keen dancers enjoyed a fully-booked open-air ceilidh on the Mound.

Pop star Lily Allen headlined the sold-out Concert in the Gardens - pausing for the midnight countdown and spectacular fireworks display to welcome the new year - while alternative headliners Twin Atlantic kept the party going on the Waverley Stage.

Up to 80,000 party-goers gathered along Princes Street for the World-famous street party to see in the New Year.  31 December 2014. Picture by JANE BARLOW''� Jane Barlow 2014 {all rights reserved}'janebarlowphotography@gmail.com'm: 07870 152324

Up to 80,000 party-goers gathered along Princes Street for the World-famous street party to see in the New Year. 31 December 2014. Picture by JANE BARLOW''� Jane Barlow 2014 {all rights reserved}'janebarlowphotography@gmail.com'm: 07870 152324

Revellers were relieved that the weather stayed dry, said it was an atmosphere like no other. The dramatic fireworks - set off from both Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle - were a highlight for many party-goers.

It was the first Edinburgh Hogmanay for Karen Wroughton from Nottingham.

The 47-year-old said: “It’s fantastic. It’s everything I expected. It’s such a welcoming, celebratory atmosphere - it’s hard to explain.”

And Anthony Behan, from Sheffield, said he enjoyed Lily Allen’s light-hearted set.

(left to right) Lisa Fagan, David McPherson, Nicole Brown and Penny McDonald during Edinburgh's 2015 Hogmanay street party. Up to 80,000 party-goers gathered along Princes Street for the World-famous street party to see in the New Year.  31 December 2014. Picture by JANE BARLOW''� Jane Barlow 2014 {all rights reserved}'janebarlowphotography@gmail.com'm: 07870 152324

(left to right) Lisa Fagan, David McPherson, Nicole Brown and Penny McDonald during Edinburgh's 2015 Hogmanay street party. Up to 80,000 party-goers gathered along Princes Street for the World-famous street party to see in the New Year. 31 December 2014. Picture by JANE BARLOW''� Jane Barlow 2014 {all rights reserved}'janebarlowphotography@gmail.com'm: 07870 152324

Mr Behan, 32, said: “I’m having a great time. The fireworks were amazing. It’s my first time here at Hogmanay and it’s fantastic.”

Police praised the behaviour of revellers.

Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, Edinburgh Policing Commander, said: “Edinburgh has once again set the standard for a spectacular start to the New Year. It’s been a fantastic night and the vast majority of people have enjoyed themselves responsibly.

“There were only three arrests at the street party and those were for minor public order offences such as breach of the peace.

Up to 80,000 party-goers gathered along Princes Street for the World-famous street party to see in the New Year.  31 December 2014. Picture by JANE BARLOW''� Jane Barlow 2014 {all rights reserved}'janebarlowphotography@gmail.com'm: 07870 152324

Up to 80,000 party-goers gathered along Princes Street for the World-famous street party to see in the New Year. 31 December 2014. Picture by JANE BARLOW''� Jane Barlow 2014 {all rights reserved}'janebarlowphotography@gmail.com'm: 07870 152324

“I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and peaceful 2015.”