Initial reports suggest that Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has been a major success and retained its world-wide reputation as the home of Hogmanay.
According to the City of Edinburgh Council, an estimated 80,000 revellers celebrated the New Year at the Street Party, Concert in the Gardens and Keilidh where party-goers from far and wide enjoyed top class music and entertainment across five stages.
Madness, Noisettes and Codeine Velvet Club wowed the crowds at the sell-out Concert in the Gardens. Leading Scottish and International artists also entertained revellers on three stages along the length of Princes Street.
Among the highlights were DJ sets from Mylo, Snow Patrol and Belle and Sebastian while The Enemy played on the stage at Waverley Bridge.
The midnight fireworks and laser show provided a breathtaking spectacle to welcome in 2010.
Edinburgh's Festival and Events Champion Cllr Steve Cardownie said:
“Once again Edinburgh has shown the world how to party and bring in the New Year in style. There was a fantastic atmosphere at the Street Party and you could sense a real buzz of contagious excitement as the night went on. The performers were great and the crowds seemed to love every minute of it – I certainly did.
“Images of Edinburgh at its very best were beamed across the globe last night so I think we can all be proud of our city."
Pete Irvine, Creative Director, Edinburgh's Hogmanay, said:
"It has been an extraordinary night in Edinburgh - with brilliant music, a magical fireworks display against a full moon sky and the dramatic Castle slopes dotted with snow, and a friendly and euphoric atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else in the world."