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Revellers hit Edinburgh as Hogmanay party starts

The party was underway in Edinburgh well before the stroke of midnight as thousands gathered to celebrate Hogmanay.

Fireworks were being let off as early as 9.30pm as up to 80,000 people lined the streets of the Scottish capital for the world-famous event.

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Scottish singer Paolo Nutini along with The Charlatans, Fatherson and Be Charlotte will be performing later tonight.

Celebrations began last night in the city with a torchlight parade through the historic Old Town led by 30 Up Helly Aa Vikings from Shetland and four pipe bands.

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Edinburgh flags at half mast in solidarity with Munich

General view of Edinburgh city Credit: PA

Flags in Edinburgh are flying at half mast in solidarity with its twin town Munich after nine people were killed by a gunman in the German city.

Edinburgh's Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "On behalf of the citizens of Edinburgh, I offer our sincere condolences to the people of Munich and across Germany following yesterday's attack.

"Edinburgh has enjoyed a close relationship with Munich since becoming our very first twin city in 1954, so yesterday's events are particularly moving.

"Our thoughts are with the families of all those who have died and are injured."

"The flags flying above the Edinburgh City Chambers have been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect and support for all those affected."

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