Fireworks explode across globe 
as revellers kiss goodbye to 2014

Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve  celebrations in Sydney, Australia
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia

Hogmanay celebrations brought thousands of revellers onto the streets of Scotland’s capital city to bring in the New Year.

Around 75,000 people gathered in Edinburgh for the world-famous event – including the Concert in the Gardens with Lily Allen headlining.

Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor as celebrating the 2015 new year in Hong Kong

Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor as celebrating the 2015 new year in Hong Kong

Four fireworks displays began at 9pm and continued on the hour before a five-minute spectacle at midnight.

Early celebrations got under way in the city last night with a torchlight parade when a cast of thousands carried flaming torches through the historic Old Town.

Organisers said tickets for events have been bought by those in more than 70 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Mauritius, Slovakia and South Africa.

Northern Ireland didn’t miss out either with a number of special events taking place around the Province.

Some of the biggest celebrations in Scotland outside of Edinburgh - on Stirling Castle’s esplanade - were cancelled at the last minute due to high winds.

A live outdoor concert had been due to take place with music from The Waterboys, Skerryvore, JJ Gilmour and Model Aeroplanes, followed by a fireworks display. However, high winds meant public safety could not be guaranteed, police said.

New Zealand and Australia were among the first countries to welcome in 2015.

A giant clock in Auckland’s Sky Tower counted down the minutes until midnight when a fireworks display erupted.

In Sydney harbour, more than one million people lined its shores to witness one of the most famous, and elaborate, firework displays in the world.

Celebrations were more muted in Indonesia, however, in the wake of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash.