Record 35,000 Crowd Join Edinburgh's Torchlight Procession

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay launched three days of celebrations tonight with a spectacular Torchlight Procession through the centre of the historic city.

A record crowd estimated at  an amazing 35,000 including 7,000 torch carriers, were led by 26 Up Helly Aa’ Vikings from Shetland and 5 pipe bands with over 100 pipers to the bonfire and a spectacular Son et Lumière display on Calton Hill. 

The event experienced record pre-sales of torches this year, and 7,000 torches, the largest number ever, were all sold out before the start of the procession. 

Pete Irvine, Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay said “It’s great to start the three days of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with such a fantastic crowd for the Torchlight Procession.  We like to think that Edinburgh’s Hogmanay puts Edinburgh once again in the centre of the world map, and that the experiences that you will enjoy here are because you are in a beautiful city and in the best possible company – the famously friendly Scots.” 

Gabi, 20, from Australia: "It was amazing, I'm so glad I came. It was my first year and I'll be back next year." 

Liz, 38, from Dumfries: "The fireworks were my favourite bit. I love fireworks!" 

Alan, 40, from Belfast: "This is the third year in a row I've come over for New Year. Best place in the world, has to be done." 

Celebrations continue tomorrow with the world famous Street Party, for which tickets are still available at the official box office, The Fringe Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh which is open until 9.00pm.  

Tickets for the Enclosure at Concert in the Gardens, The Keilidh and The Candlelit Concert at St Giles’ Cathedral are all sold out.  
The Loony Dook on Tuesday 1st January at South Queensferry is also sold out, but spectators are welcome, and the Your Lucky Day Events, which will be taking place at venues across the Old Town from 1.30pm on Tuesday 1st, are free and unticketed.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay launched three days of celebrations tonight with a spectacular Torchlight Procession through the centre of the historic city. 

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