New year celebrations: Revellers gather in London and across UK – BBC News

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015





















Fireworks in London

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Some 100,000 people are thought to have watched the fireworks along London’s River Thames








Thousands of people gathered in central London to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks display – as celebrations were held across the UK.

Some 100,000 revellers had been expected to line the River Thames for the first ticketed new year’s display.

Huge crowds have also taken to the streets in Edinburgh and across Scotland for Hogmanay celebrations.

Celebrations have already been held across Asia and Europe, with fireworks displays in a host of major cities.

In London, a crew of more than 300 set off 12,000 fireworks as part of the annual display.

It was the first time the event has been ticketed, with revellers paying £10 to cover the costs of running the display.

It comes after an estimated 500,000 people tried to see the 2013-14 new year display, resulting in many being turned away for safety reasons.

Edinburgh was expected to host an estimated 75,000 people at its Hogmanay street party and fireworks display.

Events have also been held in Aberdeen, Inverness, Stirling and Stonehaven, while a warm-up party was held in Glasgow.

However, Hogmanay celebrations on Stirling Castle’s esplanade had to be cancelled owing to high winds.


Fireworks explode over London on 1 January 2015Thousands gathered along the Thames to see the display, which centred on the London Eye


Fireworks explode over London on 1 January 2015The display was accompanied by an electronic soundtrack and was followed by Auld Lang Syne


Fireworks explode over London on 1 January 2015A crew of more than 300 people set off 12,000 fireworks as part of the annual display


Fireworks explode over London on 1 January 2015The display began as Big Ben chimed at midnight


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