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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."

2,000 Edinburgh pupils return to classrooms after closures

Edinburgh Council closed 17 schools due to a 'significant and new construction issue'. Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA

Around 2,000 Edinburgh pupils will return to classrooms on Wednesday following the closure of 17 schools amid serious safety concerns.

Pupils from Oxgangs and St Peter's schools will use alternative arrangements, but around 5,000 are still waiting at home.

Alternative measures have also been arranged for Craigroyston and Castleview primary schools.

Craigroyston pupils will be relocated to Craigroyston Community High School on a phased basis, while Castleview pupils will be relocated to Castlebrae High School from 19 April.

Andrew Kerr, chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I fully recognise the significant inconvenience to parents caused by these closures, and I want to thank them for their patience as we continue to work through this issue."

The council closed 17 schools on 8 April due to "a significant and new construction issue". The closures affect around 9,000 students.

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