Hogmanay revellers at Tron Kirk Edinburgh 1959Hogmanay revellers at Tron Kirk Edinburgh 1959
Hogmanay revellers at Tron Kirk Edinburgh 1959

Hogmany Heritage: Here are 10 pictures that show how Scotland celebrated New Year half a century ago

It’s a night that is marked the world over, but nobody celebrates New Year quite like us Scots.

For generations we’ve been carrying out our own unique traditions, from first-footing with armfuls of whisky, shortbread or black bun, to attending loony dooks and the football for the annual New Year’s Day derbies.

With this year’s Hogmanay just around the corner, we’ve scoured the archives to bring you a selection of nostalgic images showing New Year’s celebrations of times past.

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