Revellers celebrate New Year

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

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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11:29am Tue 1 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

No mention of the fracas outside the Minster then?
No mention of the fracas outside the Minster then? bob the builder
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2:27pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

The corporatisation of everything marches on relentlessly.

People used to go the minster because of the bells and because it's focal point and local landmark.
It was an unofficial, unspoken thing.
No-one put the word out, nothing was advertised.
People just turned up in their own different groups to be with other different groups, they made merry and cheered when the bells went at midnight.

Now we have to have a stage and a band and big screens and all that. We don't appear to be able to celebrate for ourselves we apparently need someone to lead our festivities for us.
Now I've watched that video, I'm glad we didn't go along.
The corporatisation of everything marches on relentlessly. People used to go the minster because of the bells and because it's focal point and local landmark. It was an unofficial, unspoken thing. No-one put the word out, nothing was advertised. People just turned up in their own different groups to be with other different groups, they made merry and cheered when the bells went at midnight. Now we have to have a stage and a band and big screens and all that. We don't appear to be able to celebrate for ourselves we apparently need someone to lead our festivities for us. Now I've watched that video, I'm glad we didn't go along. Buzz Light-year
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4:04pm Tue 1 Jan 13

eurosteve says...

no no no never ever any fights or trouble in quaint old touristy cobbled streets
just friendly sober chaps discussing art or music & fine wines............
no no no never ever any fights or trouble in quaint old touristy cobbled streets just friendly sober chaps discussing art or music & fine wines............ eurosteve
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4:05pm Tue 1 Jan 13

voodoocol says...

a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.
a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs. voodoocol
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4:16pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Mitny says...

voodoocol wrote:
a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.
Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please.
[quote][p][bold]voodoocol[/bold] wrote: a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.[/p][/quote]Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please. Mitny
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4:19pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Mitny says...

voodoocol wrote:
a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.
Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please.
[quote][p][bold]voodoocol[/bold] wrote: a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.[/p][/quote]Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please. Mitny
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4:32pm Tue 1 Jan 13

voodoocol says...

Can only assume you have a nervous twitch. I was there. It would have been better without the added cr@p. You've "never" heard the bells?. OK.
Can only assume you have a nervous twitch. I was there. It would have been better without the added cr@p. You've "never" heard the bells?. OK. voodoocol
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5:40pm Tue 1 Jan 13

rodney'sdog says...

Last years laid back approach was much better -singing songs that crossed generations and having 6000 people singing in unison was so much better than the hi tech 'pc world' presentation last night. If you were 25 or under it was ok-but majority of crowd were much older and found it 'painful' according to some comments.
Last years laid back approach was much better -singing songs that crossed generations and having 6000 people singing in unison was so much better than the hi tech 'pc world' presentation last night. If you were 25 or under it was ok-but majority of crowd were much older and found it 'painful' according to some comments. rodney'sdog
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5:51pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Mitny wrote:
voodoocol wrote: a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.
Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please.
Suspiciously councillor-esque language.
[quote][p][bold]Mitny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voodoocol[/bold] wrote: a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.[/p][/quote]Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please.[/p][/quote]Suspiciously councillor-esque language. Buzz Light-year
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5:57pm Tue 1 Jan 13

capt spaulding says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
Mitny wrote:
voodoocol wrote: a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.
Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please.
Suspiciously councillor-esque language.
Just what i was thinking.
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mitny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voodoocol[/bold] wrote: a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.[/p][/quote]Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please.[/p][/quote]Suspiciously councillor-esque language.[/p][/quote]Just what i was thinking. capt spaulding
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6:07pm Tue 1 Jan 13

oi oi savaloy says...

Mitny wrote:
voodoocol wrote:
a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.
Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please.
hmm wouldnt be a councillor hiding behind an anonymous name would it now??

some poor bleeders got a good hiding in the ainsty last night, the true york not the pretend tourist york....

and how on earth do some pubs in residential area's manage to stay open playing extremely loud music till 4a.m.?
[quote][p][bold]Mitny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voodoocol[/bold] wrote: a seriously sh|t collection of bands with sporadic fireworks, a lousy p.a., next to no crowd control...utter toss and pretty dangerous. Much better without the added bs.[/p][/quote]Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands. I have been going to the Minster for many years and for me it was the best ever. In all the years I have never heard the bells due to the cheers of the crowds at midnight - yet my Mum thoroughly enjoys the sound of them from her home in Holgate. It was a fitting end to the York 800 yearThere was loads of crowd control but all very pleasant and helpful and at the end of the show everyone went quietly. A complete mix of ages and so nice to see families all getting into the spirit of the night in more ways than one. WELL DONE CITY OF YORK COUNCIL. Can we do similar next year please.[/p][/quote]hmm wouldnt be a councillor hiding behind an anonymous name would it now?? some poor bleeders got a good hiding in the ainsty last night, the true york not the pretend tourist york.... and how on earth do some pubs in residential area's manage to stay open playing extremely loud music till 4a.m.? oi oi savaloy
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6:11pm Tue 1 Jan 13

BigJon says...

I'm glad I wasn't there.....I live near Tang Hall and I could hear the celebrations from here.....I much prefer having a quiet night than being deafened and crushed then having to pay a fortune to get a taxi home
I'm glad I wasn't there.....I live near Tang Hall and I could hear the celebrations from here.....I much prefer having a quiet night than being deafened and crushed then having to pay a fortune to get a taxi home BigJon
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6:14pm Tue 1 Jan 13

BigJon says...

btw.....just watched the video and I agree, considering it was taken right by the Minster it would've been nice to hear the bells chiming midnight.....
btw.....just watched the video and I agree, considering it was taken right by the Minster it would've been nice to hear the bells chiming midnight..... BigJon
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6:32pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Makes you wonder how long before it becomes a gated pay to enter event like what happened to Illuminating York.
Makes you wonder how long before it becomes a gated pay to enter event like what happened to Illuminating York. Buzz Light-year
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7:14pm Tue 1 Jan 13

eurosteve says...

Ainsty ?
"some poor bleeders got a good hiding in the ainsty last night, the true york not the pretend tourist york.... "
shouldnt be a problem as last summer following a serious ABH type assault the management were reported in the Press to be installing CCTV to ensure this kind of thuggery would not be tolerated.
can we assume that didnt happen then ?
all licensed premises should have state of the art systems to record and identify the knobheads - sorry i mean culprits. cant offend their sensibilities.
Ainsty ? "some poor bleeders got a good hiding in the ainsty last night, the true york not the pretend tourist york.... " shouldnt be a problem as last summer following a serious ABH type assault the management were reported in the Press to be installing CCTV to ensure this kind of thuggery would not be tolerated. can we assume that didnt happen then ? all licensed premises should have state of the art systems to record and identify the knobheads - sorry i mean culprits. cant offend their sensibilities. eurosteve
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7:56pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Digeorge says...

Minty says:

"Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands."

Sad shame the Press didn't report it!
Minty says: "Can only assume you were not there - The Pauper Kings were first class and then Fish was stunning. A really top rate free show for the people in York, and enjoyed by thousands." Sad shame the Press didn't report it! Digeorge
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9:52pm Tue 1 Jan 13

oi oi savaloy says...

eurosteve wrote:
Ainsty ?
"some poor bleeders got a good hiding in the ainsty last night, the true york not the pretend tourist york.... "
shouldnt be a problem as last summer following a serious ABH type assault the management were reported in the Press to be installing CCTV to ensure this kind of thuggery would not be tolerated.
can we assume that didnt happen then ?
all licensed premises should have state of the art systems to record and identify the knobheads - sorry i mean culprits. cant offend their sensibilities.
CCTV ain't gonna stop knuckleheads scrapping ! You think some acomb chav with 10 pints down him is gonna say " I say look CCTV better not beat the **** out of this poor bloke"?

This is York , they scrap outside pubs CCTV or not, ainsty , yates, corner house, etc , this is not the fairy tale city that bloke from hammersmith is trying to portray it as!
[quote][p][bold]eurosteve[/bold] wrote: Ainsty ? "some poor bleeders got a good hiding in the ainsty last night, the true york not the pretend tourist york.... " shouldnt be a problem as last summer following a serious ABH type assault the management were reported in the Press to be installing CCTV to ensure this kind of thuggery would not be tolerated. can we assume that didnt happen then ? all licensed premises should have state of the art systems to record and identify the knobheads - sorry i mean culprits. cant offend their sensibilities.[/p][/quote]CCTV ain't gonna stop knuckleheads scrapping ! You think some acomb chav with 10 pints down him is gonna say " I say look CCTV better not beat the **** out of this poor bloke"? This is York , they scrap outside pubs CCTV or not, ainsty , yates, corner house, etc , this is not the fairy tale city that bloke from hammersmith is trying to portray it as! oi oi savaloy
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9:33am Wed 2 Jan 13

YorkCityLuke says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
The corporatisation of everything marches on relentlessly.

People used to go the minster because of the bells and because it's focal point and local landmark.
It was an unofficial, unspoken thing.
No-one put the word out, nothing was advertised.
People just turned up in their own different groups to be with other different groups, they made merry and cheered when the bells went at midnight.

Now we have to have a stage and a band and big screens and all that. We don't appear to be able to celebrate for ourselves we apparently need someone to lead our festivities for us.
Now I've watched that video, I'm glad we didn't go along.
Couldn't have put it better myself. Why did they feel the need to ruin a tradition people have kept in their own way for years?
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: The corporatisation of everything marches on relentlessly. People used to go the minster because of the bells and because it's focal point and local landmark. It was an unofficial, unspoken thing. No-one put the word out, nothing was advertised. People just turned up in their own different groups to be with other different groups, they made merry and cheered when the bells went at midnight. Now we have to have a stage and a band and big screens and all that. We don't appear to be able to celebrate for ourselves we apparently need someone to lead our festivities for us. Now I've watched that video, I'm glad we didn't go along.[/p][/quote]Couldn't have put it better myself. Why did they feel the need to ruin a tradition people have kept in their own way for years? YorkCityLuke
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10:06am Wed 2 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
Makes you wonder how long before it becomes a gated pay to enter event like what happened to Illuminating York.
That loses money - remember if the council have anything to do with it, it has to cost thousands that won't be recovered!
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Makes you wonder how long before it becomes a gated pay to enter event like what happened to Illuminating York.[/p][/quote]That loses money - remember if the council have anything to do with it, it has to cost thousands that won't be recovered! bob the builder
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10:27am Wed 2 Jan 13

Big Bad Wolf says...

Where was this event advertised?

I didn't see any adverts for this, and no mention in the press?
Where was this event advertised? I didn't see any adverts for this, and no mention in the press? Big Bad Wolf
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11:54am Wed 2 Jan 13

rodney'sdog says...

The 'event' is usually leafletted around the town centre and in most city center hotels and guest houses..dont think many were impressed by this though.
The 'event' is usually leafletted around the town centre and in most city center hotels and guest houses..dont think many were impressed by this though. rodney'sdog
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11:55am Wed 2 Jan 13

rodney'sdog says...

The 'event' is usually leafletted around the town centre and in most city center hotels and guest houses..dont think many were impressed by this though.
The 'event' is usually leafletted around the town centre and in most city center hotels and guest houses..dont think many were impressed by this though. rodney'sdog
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2:42pm Wed 2 Jan 13

pipsy123 says...

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.
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. pipsy123
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2:42pm Wed 2 Jan 13

pipsy123 says...

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.
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. pipsy123
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5:16pm Wed 2 Jan 13

bloodaxe says...

I can't see why the stage should have been rammed up against the Minster's west face. Wasn't there an idea to use Parliament Street for such events, after the loos were removed ? If people wanted to go the Minster they'd still be able to.
I can't see why the stage should have been rammed up against the Minster's west face. Wasn't there an idea to use Parliament Street for such events, after the loos were removed ? If people wanted to go the Minster they'd still be able to. bloodaxe
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