PUBLISHED: 00:11 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 04:52 GMT, 1 January 2013
firework display in central London has kick-started Britain's New Year
celebrations in style.
people lined the banks of the Thames to witness the incredible display of
pyrotechnics and lights.
Up and down the country, millions of people packed into towns
and cities to celebrate 2013 following the astonishing success of 2012.
of people have lined the banks of the Thames to see the extravagant
firework display light up the capital
of people lined the banks of the Thames to witness the incredible display
of pyrotechnics and lights
Elaborate: The London
Eye is dwarfed by the impressive fireworks
explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central
Popular: The banks of
the River Thames near Parliament in central London were packed with
thousands of happy revellers
capital's skyline was transformed during the incredible firework display
The spectacle in London saw a quarter-of-a-million people
gather on the banks of the Thames to watch the 11-minute firework show
which followed the traditional counting down of the final seconds by Big
People cheered as the capital's famous landmarks were bathed
in the light of the display, which included streamers shot out of the
London Eye and blazing rockets launched from the banks of the River Thames.
There were impromptu fireworks displays throughout much of
London as the city remembered a year that saw the success of London 2012,
the Queen's diamond jubilee and the announcement that the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge are expecting their first child.
Thousands of revellers partied on the streets of Edinburgh -
dubbed the home of Hogmanay - to welcome the new year.
Around 75,000 partygoers counted down the last 10 seconds of
2012 before joining in a mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne after the clock
struck midnight in Edinburgh.
The world-famous event saw Scottish rock band Simple Minds
headline the Concert in the Gardens, following performances from The View
and Bwani Junction.
Fireworks light up the London skyline - including the Elizabeth Tower
housing Big Ben - just after midnight
Party: Up and down
the country, millions of people have packed into town's and cities to
celebrate 2013 following the astonishing success of 2012
Busy: Thousands of
people packed onto Westminster Bridge to watch the impressive firework show
Lavish: The London
Eye is barely noticeable through the bright firework display
They were among 14 acts performing across five stages,
including Mercury Prize nominees The Maccabees and Reverend and the Makers.
Countdown fireworks at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm set the sky alight,
with the five-minute midnight display from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle
set to music for the first time.
The tracks played were from bands who have performed at the
street party in the past as more than 2,000 firework cues were used,
triggering over 17,000 shots from 45 locations.
Partygoers from across the world visited the city to join in
the events, which also included a ceilidh with 3,000 people dancing as the
Tickets for the celebrations were bought by those in more than 60
countries, including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Turkey and the US.
mark the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in
Happy: Revellers write
the number 2013 with sparklers during the Hogmanay street party
celebrations in Edinburgh
went off earlier this evening over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year
2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
Friendly: Kat Parker,
left, and Georgia Rochester, right, kiss Sergeant Stevenson, centre, ahead
of the new year celebrations in Edinburgh
Pete Irvine, artistic director of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, said:
'I think it's going really well this year.
'Last night we had our opening event with a record crowd at
the torchlight procession.
'It's really, really busy here tonight - probably busier than
we've seen it in some time because the weather is so good.
'There's a moon in the sky, it's actually not cold and it's
'We've been very lucky with the weather and I think we are
going to be very lucky with the crowd and all the performances tonight on
welcome in the New Year in York, which had been affected by flooding over
the festive period
were underway in Newcastle city centre long before the bell struck midnight
as the Spark drumming band entertained the crowds
Colourful: The band
changed colour during their performance, much to the delight of the large
Early celebrations got under way in the city dubbed the home
of Hogmanay last night with a torchlight parade.
A record crowd estimated at 35,000, including 7,000 torch
carriers, were led by the massed pipes and drums and the Up Helly Aa'
Vikings from Shetland. The procession made its way through the city streets
to the burning of the effigy of a Viking boat and a spectacular Son et
Lumiere display on Calton Hill.
Events will also take place on New Year's Day, including sled
dog races at Holyrood Park and a triathlon which will see competitors swim
400 metres of the Royal Commonwealth Pool, cycle 11 miles around Arthur's
Seat and then run 3.5 miles.
The Loony Dook, the annual dip in the River Forth at South
Queensferry, will also take place.