The big New Year clean-up

The clean-up crew in Edinburgh prepare to go into action. Picture: TSPL

The clean-up crew in Edinburgh prepare to go into action. Picture: TSPL

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FOR many of us the very thought of tidying up after a Hogmanay house party would be enough to make us stay under the duvet for a few more hours.

So imagine cleaning the city centre’s littered streets after tens of thousands of enthusiastic revellers have brought in the new year en masse?

The traditional New Year's Day Portobello 'Promethon' on the promenade in January 1992. Picture: TSPL

The traditional New Year's Day Portobello 'Promethon' on the promenade in January 1992. Picture: TSPL

It seems to have been no gruelling challenge for these council workers – above – back in 1998, tasked with the job of returning Edinburgh to its ­pre-Hogmanay state of cleanliness.

Brimming from ear-to-ear, the ­smiley team of dedicated cleaners seem to have relished the task – perhaps more so than many of us would our own homes.

The first day of any new year is marked so differently by residents across the Lothians, some indeed choosing to get their housework in order, others getting off to a good start with their resolutions instead.

Such was likely the case for these runners in Portobello back in 1992, taking part in the New Year’s Day Promethon on the seaside’s promenade.

Perhaps this Huskie racer – right – in Holyrood Park, in 1999, was also determined to kickstart her year energetically. Thrilling an enthusiastic crowd, the dogs certainly had no opportunity to rest.

For a select few, January 1 has nothing to do with New Year’s resolutions, clean-ups or getting fit, but will instead be a day forever imprinted in their minds as they welcome a new life into the world.

Our picture here from 1975 shows proud mum Ann McCraw with her new arrival at the Eastern General Hospital – a morning after the night before to be cherished.