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  • "Wow, people can be so pessimistic! It was a bit of fun, that was seemingly thoroughly enjoyed by all the people who crammed themselves onto Duncome Place! Cheer up a bit, it was only one year!

    Also, incorrect reporting here, "the band" (i.e. The Pauper Kings) did NOT "continue to play at midnight", the percussionist act and the DJ doing the countdown played through midnight. I personally would have much preferred to hear the Minster bells but oh well. As many of you have said, the gathering outside the Minster has been a York tradition for years, and will continue to do be, leaving us all plenty more opportunities to hear the bells at midnight, so really there's not much to get your knickers in a twist about.

    And before anyone takes my positive comment as a post by an anonymous councillor I would like to say, I'm just a regular person that doesn't mind a bit of live music on NYE."
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Revellers celebrate New Year

Revellers celebrate New Year

Revellers outside York Minster where a concert was organised by City of York Council as part of the York 800 celebrations

The concert was organised by City of York Council as part of the York 800 celebrations

Revellers outside York Minster

Revellers outside York Minster

Staff at the Mount Royale Hotel, from left, Eduardo Caetano, Jayne Johnson, John Fowler, Simon Burbridge and Abi Oxtoby prepare for the ball

Staff of Ackhorne, from left, Fiona Fallon, landlord Oliver Fallon and Rachel Proctor-Broad dress up to add to the party atmosphere in the pub

First published in News

REVELLERS massed together outside York Minster as the traditional New Year’s Eve party was given a twist to mark the end of the York 800 celebrations.

Bands and musicians played out the final hours of 2012 in a night which also saw a summing up of everything that happened last year.

A film looking back at the York 800 celebrations of 2012 was screened in Duncombe Place as the clocks chimed in the New Year.

Major events of the year were recalled, including the Queen’s Jubilee visit, York City’s return from Wembley, the Olympic and Paralympic flames visiting the city and the Mystery Plays.

Then the bells rang out to herald the end of a momentous year for the city – and the beginning of another.

While the crowds enjoyed the bands and music, not everyone was pleased. Later on Twitter, some people complained the band had continued to play at midnight, drowning out the Minster bells.

Bellringer John Ridgeway-Wood said on the social media site: “What a shame nobody could hear us!!”

BBC Radio York presenter Jonathan Cowap replied: “It was an awful mistake – Someone somewhere owes you folks a massive apology for spoiling the ‘midnight moment’.”

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The partying took its toll elsewhere. North Yorkshire Police said every cell across the force was full yesterday due to rowdy revellers heralding the start of 2013.

Tim Madgwick, North Yorkshire Police’s acting chief constable, said it had been an “extremely busy night” on New Year’s Eve across the force with officers making a number of arrests as people celebrated the New Year in the wrong spirit.

“It is such a shame people cannot enjoy New Year’s Eve without behaving so badly,” he said.

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