In Pictures: Torchlight procession begins new year celebrations

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a torchlight procession through Edinburgh to start the city’s new year celebrations.

Locals and tourists – along with pipers, drummers and dance groups – made their way down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle on Sunday evening.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will continue on Monday with the annual street party and a headline set by Franz Ferdinand in Princes Street Gardens.

Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
Members of Scotland’s Celtic Fire Theatre show off their skills on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
Men brandish flaming claymores by the ramparts (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
Edinburgh was ablaze for the annual event (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
The colourful celebration takes place the night before Hogmanay – New Year’s Eve (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
Franz Ferdinand will headline the Concert in the Gardens on Monday, which takes place in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
Hundreds of thousands of people will line Princes Street as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay reaches its climax (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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