Edinburgh Hogmanay a huge success despite freezing temperatures

By Oliver Farrimond

THOUSANDS of revellers enjoyed a successful Hogmanay in Scotland’s capital with few arrests and little casualties.

A crowd of roughly 80,000 braved freezing temperatures to celebrate the arrival of 2010 with a breathtaking laser and fireworks show.

Police and medics have praised party-goers for their behaviour during a night described by organisers as “extraordinary”.

Around 350 Lothian and Borders Police officers kept watch on happy revelers, making only four arrests during the evening, all for breach of the peace.

And just five people were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment. Continue reading

Loony Dookers’ demented dip

By Paul Thornton

Hordes of hardy fundraisers braved the icy waters of the River Forth on Mew Year’s Day as thousands gathered in South Queensferry to watch the annual Loony Dook.

Many revellers were chilling out after celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh the night before, but created a fantastic atmosphere despite their sore heads.

Hundreds gathered in an assortment of fancy dress, bikinis and underwear despite temperatures dropping as low as minus one Celsius for the 24th year of the Dook.

Coastguards patrolled the waters as the demented dippers took the plunge into bone-chilling water at midday.

David Riley, right, came from Sydney, Australia for Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations and faced the elements in just a pair of pants.

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First Lothians baby of 2010 born as Scotland celebrates dawn of new decade

By Oliver Farrimond

THE DELIGHTED mum of the Lothians’ first baby of 2010 has spoken of her Hogmanay birth miracle.

Lyndsay Boyd, from Armandale in West Lothian, gave birth to little Mya at exactly 4:07am yesterday morning at St. John’s Hospital.

And she revealed that she went into labour just as the Hogmanay celebrations were getting underway.

Lyndsay, 21, said: “I actually went to hospital earlier in the day – around 3pm – but they sent me home to wait a bit longer.

“They said that she wasn’t quite round the right way, and that I should wait at home while the contractions carried on. Continue reading