Edinburgh landmarks to turn blue in support of Unicef

Edinburgh will turn blue on Hogmanay. Picture: contributed

Edinburgh will turn blue on Hogmanay. Picture: contributed

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LANDMARKS across the city will be lit up blue on Hogmanay in a show of support for an international children’s charity.

Edinburgh Castle, the Camera Obscura, Jenners and the statue of Queen Victoria on the roof of the Royal Scottish Academy will be illuminated in the colour of Unicef.

The fireworks display will also see the air literally turning blue over the city as organisers of the Princes Street event join up with the the Mayor of London’s celebrations in support of the charity’s New Year’s Resolution for Children.

This unprecedented partnership will see more than 175,000 revellers at two of the world’s most famous New Year’s Eve celebrations come together in a “unifying moment” aimed at raising awareness and helping children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict in Syria.

Millions of people watching the events from home will also have the opportunity to get involved.

Meanwhile, while lighting up in London will be the Shard, the Coca-Cola London Eye, the National Theatre and the Golden Jubilee Walkways.

Both cities will hold a minute of blue fireworks – in Edinburgh at 10.00pm in the middle of the world famous Street Party with a specially designed display to mark the occasion.

Unicef is the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay official charity for 2015/16, and will benefit from all fundraising activities undertaken across the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events on December 30 and December 31.

Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “While Hogmanay is a time for celebration it’s also a chance to look forward and a moment to reflect on the lives of others less fortunate. Unicef needs to raise vital funds for children caught in the war in Syria, and we encourage revellers across all the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and London events to put their money where their mouth is and support the Unicef New Year’s Resolution for Children.”

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