Hogmanay revellers advised of Calton Hill closure

There will be no public access to Calton Hill on 31 December as part of arrangements for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2015/16.

The decision has been taken by The City of Edinburgh Council with the support of Police Scotland and Unique Events, who produce Edinburgh’s world-famous Hogmanay celebrations on behalf of the Council.

In recent years, an increasing number of spectators have chosen to visit Calton Hill throughout the evening of 31 December, and in particular to watch the Midnight Fireworks. However the hill is unlit and uneven under foot and the closure will ensure members of the public are kept safe on the night.

In addition, Calton Hill is used as a firing site for the secondary midnight fireworks display. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Fireworks are best seen from a distance and event organisers recommend that people select a suitable vantage point.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Edinburgh is famed for its midnight-moment fireworks and we are lucky to have so many fantastic vantage points from which to enjoy them.

“The draw of spectators to Calton Hill is understandable and the view undeniable - which is why the Torchlight Procession to herald the start of the three-day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival entices 10,000 torch bearers and 20,000 visitors on 30 December. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay invests in stewarding and additional lighting to help people stay safe during the Torchlight Procession and this year’s display will be just as dazzling.

“New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year in our city centre. The safety of the public is our key priority and as Calton Hill is used as a fireworks zone, it will be closed during the Hogmanay celebrations. The gates will shut at around 7pm on Hogmanay through to 1am on 1 January.

“There are plenty of other vantage points in the city to view the fireworks from Inverleith Park to the Meadows but the best place to soak up the New Year atmosphere and to view the display remains the official Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party. Tickets are disappearing quickly so people planning to attend should book fast.”

The charitable Torchlight Procession is led by the Lord Provost and follows torch carriers as they illuminate the city through the city centre to a spectacular fireworks finale on Calton Hill on Wednesday 30 December. Vouchers for Torches are available to purchase in advance priced at £12 including booking fee from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

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