Sparks fly in Newcastle as New Year celebrations begin

A jet of fire is seen behind a Viking longboat float in the parade
A jet of fire is seen behind a Viking longboat float in the parade Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Celebrations get under way as the Spark drumming band pass through Newcastle city centre
Celebrations get under way as the Spark drumming band pass through Newcastle city centre Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Celebrations get under way as the Spark drumming band pass through Newcastle city centre
Celebrations get under way as the Spark drumming band pass through Newcastle city centre Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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World celebrates New Year

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