New look for new year


GLASGOW’s New Year’s eve will be bigger than ever — with a new free, day long celebration for family and friends dubbed Hogmanayday.

It’s part of the Glasgow Loves Hogmanay campaign, which brings together the city’s seasonal entertainment and events programme.

To kick off the dancing, local musicians the Williamwood pipe band will be taking pride of place on stage while Highland dancers will also be performing

From noon until 10pm on December 31, families can get into the party spirit with ceilidh dancing in George Square to the spectacular live Scottish music.

Revellers will also be able to feast on traditional Scottish produce and sup a tipple or two, while the little ones enjoy a multitude of family-friendly activities.

The Royal Caledonian curling club will give everyone the chance to try out one of Scotland’s national sports on the ice in George Square.

Fresh from winning Gold at the European curling championships in Moscow last week, Eve Muirhead and Olympic Gold winner and team GB coach Rhona Martin will host curling sessions on the spectacular ice rink in George Square.

There will also be a kid’s zone with activities by the Glasgow science centre, street theatre by Mischief La Bas and the Kilted Caricaturist, plus storytelling, face painting and Scottish-themed arts and crafts.

Leader of Glasgow city council and chair of Glasgow city marketing bureau, councillor Gordon Matheson, said: “This year’s traditional theme in George Square for Hogmanayday will see young and old enjoy superb music, ceilidh dancing and a range of family friendly activities, such as curling on the ever popular ice rink.

“It promises to be a sensational way to see out 2011.”

European curling champion Eve Muirhead said: “It is great to be back curling on home soil. “I love a good party and my love of curling is clear for all to see. Having the chance to combine both on one of the most special days of the year is a dream come true for me.

“I am delighted to become involved in Glasgow’s Hogmanayday celebrations. I think it’s wonderful everyone has the chance to try one of Scotland’s national sports on the day of one of Scotland’s biggest parties”.

Hogmanayday is a family friendly event and will end at 10pm. No ticket will be required for entry to George Square; however there may be times where the venue is full, at such times a queuing system will be put into operation.