Fireworks dealt a blow as Capital sparkles

The Snow Queen on The Mound
The Snow Queen on The Mound
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The festive season got in to full swing at the city’s Christmas lights switch-on last night – but there was disappointment after the fireworks display was cancelled at the 11th hour due to bad weather.

The number of people allowed in to celebrations at St Andrew Square also had to be restricted because of the Occupy Edinburgh protest.

Edinburgh's Got Talent winner Caitlyn Vanbeck performs in St Andrew Square

Edinburgh's Got Talent winner Caitlyn Vanbeck performs in St Andrew Square

Blustery showers failed to keep the crowds away, though, with events kicking off with a projection display in George Street. Spectators then made their way to The Mound to watch the switching on of the Christmas lights on the Norwegian tree. A procession of dignitaries was led to the tree by Stockbridge Pipe Band.

Forth One presenters Boogie and Arlene welcomed people before introducing Lord Provost George Grubb, who said: “It’s wonderful to have so many of you here for the moment when Edinburgh sparkles.”

Also speaking was convener of Norway’s Hordaland County Council, Tom-Christer Nilsen. He said: “This is a special year to give a tree – it signifies hope and friendship. My country this year experienced that democracy, peace and freedom do not always come free.”

There then followed the highlight of the event – a 14-metre high snow queen, which dazzled the crowds with a pyrotechnic display before “lighting” the tree with her wand.

The big wheel and ice rink

The big wheel and ice rink

The entertainment then moved to St Andrew Square – but of the 10,000 people on The Mound, only 4000 were allowed in. Taking to the stage were the stars of Edinburgh’s Got Talent, including the winner, 13-year-old Caitlyn Vanbeck, who performed Adele’s Don’t You Remember.

Light Night, which is sponsored by Essential Edinburgh, Forth One and the Evening News, marked the start of six weeks of the city’s festive programme, Edinburgh’s Christmas.