Banish winter blues at city's Hogmanayday

GLASGOW is gearing up for a Hogmanay party in the heart of the city.

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George Square will host 12-hours of fun for all the family, kicking off at noon on Monday.

The free party will feature a ceilidh and Scottish music to get people into the party spirit before The Bells.

Drum and pipe band Drums and Roses will kickstart the entertainment, followed by popular ceilidh outfit Kilter.

Also entertaining the crowds will be Williamwood Pipe Band and the Maryann McCreadie School of Highland Dancing.

Partygoers can enjoy traditional Scottish food and a tipple or two, while there will be plenty to keep kids amused.

They can enjoy Scottish storytelling sessions, with actors dressed in traditional clan costumes, face painting and Scottish-themed arts and crafts.

The Glasgow on Ice rink will be open all day ensuring there is something for all ages.

Hogmanayday is part of the Glasgow Loves Hogmanay celebrations, which run through to January 6.

City council leader 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.

"So come and join us in George Square.

"Hogmanayday will be a great way to party during the day while the city's bars, restaurants and clubs will take late night revellers through into 2013."

vivienne.nicoll@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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