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In Pictures: Torchlight procession begins new year celebrations

Tens of thousands of people took part in the parade, which started at Edinburgh Castle before heading along the Royal Mile.

Members of Scotland’s pioneering Celtic Fire Theatre company, PyroCeltica, in full Highland Warrior apparel with flaming claymores and fire staffs perform on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade ahead of leading a torchlit procession down the Royal Mile during Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Members of Scotland’s pioneering Celtic Fire Theatre company, PyroCeltica, in full Highland Warrior apparel with flaming claymores and fire staffs perform on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade ahead of leading a torchlit procession down the Royal Mile during Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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.

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

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