Williamwood pipes in 2013

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WILLIAMWOOD pipe band are set to help draw the year to a close during Glasgow’s Hogmanayday celebrations.

On December 31, George Square will play host a free, day-long celebration to welcome in 2013.

From noon until 10pm revellers will get into the party spirit by ceilidh dancing round George Square to live Scottish music.

Ceilidh band sensation Skippinish will make the trip from Oban to get the crowd ready for the bells with their traditional Scottish tunes while Scotland’s freshest drum and pipe band Drums and Roses will kickstart the celebrations.

Later the Williiamwood pipe band and Maryann McCreadie School of Highland Dance will stoke up all the tradition and patriotism that Glaswegians have come to expect.

Partygoers will be able to feast on traditional Scottish produce and sup a tipple or two, while children enjoy a multitude of family-friendly activities, including Scottish storytelling told by actors dressed in traditional clan costumes, face painting and Scottish themed arts and crafts.

Glasgow on Ice will also be open all day.

Leader of Glasgow city council, councillor Gordon Matheson, said: “Scotland is renowned the world over for celebrating Hogmanay in style and as the country’s biggest city we are preparing for Hogmanayday! – a sensational way to see out 2012. Young and old alike can enjoy superb music, ceilidh dancing, a range of family friendly activities and the ever popular ice rink.

“The festivities in George Square provide families and friends with a free, fun event where we can come together and look back on the year’s highlights and look forward in anticipation to all that 2013 might bring.

“Hogmanayday will be a great way to celebrate during the day while the city’s bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues will take late night revellers through into 2013. Come and join us.”

Cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland is globally renowned as the home of Hogmanay and the best place in the world to see in the new year. A major highlight of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, Glasgow’s Hogmanayday — with its fantastic line up of events — promises to be a day to remember and a great way to see out the Year of Creative Scotland in spectacular style”.

Hogmanayday is a family friendly event and will end at 10pm.

No ticket is required for entry to George Square; however there may be times where the venue is full, and at such times a queuing system will be put into operation. The subway will run till 10.30pm.