World celebrates New Year

New Year celebrations have begun with spectacular fireworks displays in London, Edinburgh and across the country.

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Times Square welcomes 2013 with fireworks and confetti

Revellers are sprayed with confetti in Times Square, New York. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of New Year revellers packed into Time Square in New York to enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks.

Confetti was dropped after the famous ball was dropped in the centre of the square.

Revellers are sprayed with confetti in Times Square, New York. Credit: Reuters


Archbishop of Canterbury gives final New Year message

Rowan Williams. Credit: BBC

Rowan Williams has delivered his last New Year message as the Archbishop of Canterbury, and used the opportunity to praise the idea of civic duty by commending the work of the volunteers at this year's London 2012 Olympics. He said:

"What we see happening, is only a small part of what is actually happening. In this last year we had the chance to see this in a very vivid way. The extraordinary events of the Olympics and Paralympics last summer provided an unforgettable spectacle."

"But everyone who visited the Olympic site or watched the broadcast would have been made aware of the army of volunteers who cheerfully gave up their free time and worked away all hours of the day and night to make these great events happen."

"They were the people who translated the Olympic vision into reality for the rest of us. It ought to make to make us think a bit harder about all the other folk who quietly turn vision into reality."


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