Thousands of revellers in Stirling welcomed in the New Year in stunning style as two of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks dazzled in a fireworks spectacular.

In celebration of the Wallace Monument’s 150th anniversary in 2019, both it and Stirling Castle were lit up simultaneously by pyrotechnics at midnight, choreographed to a medley from Scottish DJ star Calvin Harris.

A sell-out crowd of 2000 watched the stunning spectacle from the Stirling Castle Esplanade, having been entertained by a diverse and exciting musical line-up.

Gifted singer/songwriter Mark Angels – a finalist on Gary Barlow’s TV show, Let it Shine – showcased his impressive vocal skills, before joining Scotland’s top rock choir, Soul Nation, for some uplifting classics.

Stirling-based band, The Cobalts, showed local music talent is alive with their ‘60s inspired sounds while Capital Scotland DJ Fat Brestovca kept the party atmosphere going with a range of upbeat anthems and competitions.

Families and children also enjoyed the fun of the celebrations at a well-attended earlier Hogmanay event, with its fireworks show accompanied by songs chosen by young people following a public vote on social media.

Two family ceilidhs at the Tolbooth and a Hogmanay ceilidh at the Albert Halls were also sold out, further underlining the popularity of the city’s Hogmanay celebrations. 

Stirling’s Hogmanay was organised by Stirling Council and supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund, managed by EventScotland on behalf of Scottish Government.

Cllr Chris Kane, Convener of Stirling’s Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, represented the authority as Bailie at Stirling’s Hogmanay.

He said: “What a wonderful way to ring in 2019, with fireworks lighting up two iconic Scottish landmarks at the same time in Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument.

“Few places in the world could rival this breathtaking spectacle and the musical entertainment throughout the evening was also fantastic.

“With the midnight fireworks display and all three ceilidhs sold out, and the terrific turnout at the family event, it shows the growing reputation of our Hogmanay celebrations across Scotland.

“From what they’ve seen of our beautiful city, I’m sure visitors will want to return to Stirling for our other large-scale events in 2019 or to enjoy our wide range of shops and attractions.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a prosperous and a very happy New Year.”

Along with bringing an economic boost to the area, Stirling’s Hogmanay celebrations cemented Stirling’s strong record of hosting top-class events.

To kick-start the New Year, the city will stage the SimplyHealth Great Stirling XCountry Championships on Saturday, Jan 12.

The prestigious international event, which will be shown live on the BBC, comes to Stirling for the first time, having been held in Edinburgh for the last 13 years.

Set against the iconic backdrop of Stirling Castle, it will feature some of the world's best athletes, including Scottish running star Laura Muir, battling it out across challenging terrain.

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