World-famous fireballs welcome the New Year in Stonehaven

Image - Kenny Elrick / DCT Media

Thousands attended the world-famous fireballs procession welcoming the New Year in Stonehaven – one of the highlights in Scotland’s calendar year, believed to have originated in the 19th century.

Following musical performances, the fireballs were lit welcoming the midnight bells, reports The Press & Journal.

Stonehaven Fireballs
Image – Kenny Elrick / DCT Media

A 50-strong procession saw participants swing the fireballs over their heads as they marched along Stonehaven’s High Street.

Following a laps of the street, the fireballs were then taken down to the harbour and thrown in the water to be extinguished.

Stonehaven Fireballs
Image – Kenny Elrick / DCT Media

A closing fireworks display then brought the celebration to a spectacular close, providing a fitting finale for the thousands that attended one of the North East’s most iconic celebrations.

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