Hogmanay cancelled across Scotland

oldbaldy

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#1
Sign of financial reality?

ONLY FOUR major Hogmanay parties are being held at the Bells this year in Scotland.

Edinburgh, Inverness, Stonehaven and Stirling are the only locations laying on large-scale parties for revellers over the midnight hour.

It is a far cry from a decade ago, when most towns and cities staged outdoor celebrations.

Experts said rising health and safety costs, shrinking council budgets and the “hassle factor” involved in staging big outdoor events had triggered the decline.

Glasgow, Aberdeen, Oban, Dundee, Fort William and Loch Ness are among the locations that have shunned high-profile celebrations this year.

Despite this, tourism agency VisitScotland says Hogmanay in Scotland still offers “something special.”

Its website is promoting Hogmanay events such as a Bee Gees tribute act in Nairn, a performance of the play The Steamie in Hamilton and a comedy night in Edinburgh.

The official guide to Scotland’s Winter Festivals, run by the Scottish Government, includes family events in Glasgow and East Lothian that will be over well before the Bells.

The Proclaimers will headline Stirling’s Hogmanay party at the castle, while Big Country and the Treacherous Orchestra are lined up for Inverness’s outdoor bash at the Northern Meeting Park.

An open-air party is being held in Stonehaven, to complement its famous fireball-throwing festivities, with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Blazin’ Fiddles lined up to appear.

Edinburgh’s street party, which had a capacity of 180,000 for the millennium, could be down to as few as 75,000 this year. Tramworks have led to the scrapping of live music stages in Princes Street, although Simple Minds, The View and Admiral Fallow will be among the headliners at the celebrations.

Peter Irvine, artistic director of Edinburgh’s festivities, and author of travel guide Scotland the Best, said: “I think the big issue is that other parts of the country simply struggle to compete with what is on in Edinburgh.

“The events elsewhere are mainly for a local audience, and you cannot justify spending huge amounts of money on them because they do not bring the same kind of economic return the programme in Edinburgh does, with last year being in the region of £30 million.

“The crucial thing is that we have an event where two-thirds of the audience are international, and that is a much higher proportion than any of the other festivals in Edinburgh.”

Stephen Leckie, chair of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and chief executive of Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, said: “The big issue really is the huge hassle factor for many areas trying to organise a large-scale Hogmanay party.

“You really need a huge number of volunteers to help organise something like that and it’s just too difficult to persuade people to get involved.”

East Lothian Council said its new celebration in Musselburgh, including family events throughout the day and a fireworks display, will be over by 8pm.

Aberdeen City Council confirmed only a fireworks display would be held in the city centre at midnight.
Hogmanay cancelled across Scotland - Scotsman.com
 
#3
But when Alex gets crowned it will be Hogmanay every day...with jam on.
 
#5
But when Alex gets crowned it will be Hogmanay every day...with jam on.
ah....Wee Ecks bid to become King of Scotland.
To the OP the reality probably is that most folk canny be arsed with Hogmanay , it's not the big event it was years ago and after over spending on Christmas there's not a lot left over . Attending one of the big events means a hotel for the night and transport there and back. The tourists can keep it !


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#6
Good. They're uniformly shite anyway.

If it's been sent from my HTC Sensation using Tapatalk then I'm probably pissed.
 

oldbaldy

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#8
Speaking as an Englishman with all the Rab C Nesbitt stereotypes to go on, surely what finer way could there be to mark a special day than by not getting filled up on Buckfast Tonic Wine, and spouting gibberish?

You're halfway there boys, and if you can lose Mr Burns, both you and The Simpsons will be better off.

The idea of Mr Salmond as king of Scotland is nice though, a fine tradition, started by Uncle Idi.
 
#9
Speaking as an Englishman with all the Rab C Nesbitt stereotypes to go on, surely what finer way could there be to mark a special day than by not getting filled up on Buckfast Tonic Wine, and spouting gibberish?

You're halfway there boys, and if you can lose Mr Burns, both you and The Simpsons will be better off.

The idea of Mr Salmond as king of Scotland is nice though, a fine tradition, started by Uncle Idi.
The traditional way of celebrating the New year is still alive and well out West. The bells will be more like the Somme, with shotguns, rifles, flares and fireworks. Followed by up to two weeks of visiting houses and enjoying good food and a bit of drink. The mainland version with its trumpets full of drink and not much else is frowned upon. Much superior to the Christian version, christmas.
 
#10
The “hassle factor”

jeez..Experts said rising health and safety costs, shrinking council budgets and the “hassle factor” involved in staging big outdoor events had triggered the decline.

Staging big outdoor events a big hassle ? what about sending troops to Afghanistan then ?
 
#13
Hogmanay cancelled?? it was just an excuse to get pissed anyway, I can only assume those in authority have decided you don't need an excuse to get pissed and everone will be tottaly blottered as normal
 
#14
Interestingly enough, when down South and in Germany we had more hassle off the English lads at New Year than the Scots. Most of the English started getting pissed in the afternoon and were creating by 22:00. Most of the Highland lads only had a couple of drinks prior to the bells. New year is and has been for a very long time a family celebration, not a boat race to unconsciousness.
 

TheIronDuke

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#15
You only have yourselves to blame. At one time you were amusing but now you just drink and eat chips. Ah, the good old days when the Scotch knew how to have a good time and amuse their betters...

[video=youtube;gU_8TKM74UU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU_8TKM74UU[/video]
 
#17
...such as a Bee Gees tribute act in Nairn,
What has the Bee Gees ever done for Hogmany? And for that matter the real Bee Gees were Oz born and bred surely? :? Good excuse to stay home I would say. :p I still haven't forgotten or forgiven the Bee Gees for that terrible movie "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band." :omg:
 
#18
Thank ****! But i bet that scrawny dog Jackie Bird will still be on the fekin box!
 
#19
Glasgow not having an Hogmannay party this year, oh well the remainder 364 days will hardly been unaffected.
 
#20
You only have yourselves to blame. At one time you were amusing but now you just drink and eat chips. Ah, the good old days when the Scotch knew how to have a good time and amuse their betters...

[video=youtube;gU_8TKM74UU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU_8TKM74UU[/video]

I'll raise you a Duncan MacRae. I remember seeing him on TV on Hogmanay - he was pissed :)

Wee Cock Sparra - Duncan MacRae - YouTube
 
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