New Year revellers in York give 2014 a big welcome - updated

York Press: York revellers give 2014 a big welcome York revellers give 2014 a big welcome

HUNDREDS of revellers gathered in the shadow of York Minster to wave farewell to 2013 and welcome the New Year.

The traditional gathering outside the cathedral attracted its usual large crowd, but North Yorkshire Police said New Year celebrations across the region passed peacefully, with no major crimes being reported.

Between the strike of New Year and mid-morning on New Year’s Day, the force had received 359 calls to incidents across its area, which it said was in line with previous New Years.

Of these, 109 were in York and 31 in Selby, with most being for disorder – some of it drink-related – criminal damage, domestic incidents and antisocial behaviour.

A spokesman for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service said it dealt with a high volume of calls across the county.

New Year’s Day started slightly busier than last year for ambulance staff, with four per cent more incidents between midnight and 8am than last year, said the spokesman.

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11:02am Wed 1 Jan 14

matroom says...

Seemed to be a lot of fighting around the city last night. Minority spoiling it for the majority. Police were doing a good job though.
Seemed to be a lot of fighting around the city last night. Minority spoiling it for the majority. Police were doing a good job though. matroom

11:51am Wed 1 Jan 14

Vinnielou says...

I thought there would be a massive cheers and church chimes on the countdown.....but nothing. Waste of time massive build up for everyone to be let down wheres the new year spirit gone?
I thought there would be a massive cheers and church chimes on the countdown.....but nothing. Waste of time massive build up for everyone to be let down wheres the new year spirit gone? Vinnielou

12:08pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Alf Garnett says...

Goodness me, not a mention yet of how Lendal Bridge ruined the festivities.
Goodness me, not a mention yet of how Lendal Bridge ruined the festivities. Alf Garnett

12:12pm Wed 1 Jan 14

heartbreaker says...

Agree with Vinnielou. New year at the Minster is pointless. Nothing ever happens - no countdown, no fireworks. Not one rendition of Auld whatever it's called. Just stay in whatever bar you're in, grab a table and be first to get your drinks before the crowds head back after midnight.
Agree with Vinnielou. New year at the Minster is pointless. Nothing ever happens - no countdown, no fireworks. Not one rendition of Auld whatever it's called. Just stay in whatever bar you're in, grab a table and be first to get your drinks before the crowds head back after midnight. heartbreaker

12:24pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Funnyian says...

I have worked ad a doorman for many NYE and can say this was the worst I have seen for violence and disorder (None at the venue I was at) it was focused around Blake Street and the Minster and at one point CCTV operators were requesting doorstaff to go to McDonnell’s to assist police with the trouble which was mostly very drunk teenagers and younger.
I have worked ad a doorman for many NYE and can say this was the worst I have seen for violence and disorder (None at the venue I was at) it was focused around Blake Street and the Minster and at one point CCTV operators were requesting doorstaff to go to McDonnell’s to assist police with the trouble which was mostly very drunk teenagers and younger. Funnyian

1:09pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Mitney says...

Funnyian wrote:
I have worked ad a doorman for many NYE and can say this was the worst I have seen for violence and disorder (None at the venue I was at) it was focused around Blake Street and the Minster and at one point CCTV operators were requesting doorstaff to go to McDonnell’s to assist police with the trouble which was mostly very drunk teenagers and younger.
Well said. The Police were run off their feet and were magnificent when handling the youngsters - some as young as 12! How does a 12 year old get a bettle of Jack Daniels......where were the parents. There were hundreds of them making for a very intimidating atmosphere. The medical people in Duncombe Place were fantastic as were the stewards. Many people attended having heard of the magnificent show last year and were then faced with the local youth rioting in the streets! A family from Oxford told me they were returning to their hotel and cancelling their booking for the Tour de France in York and would never return. Think the youth did more damage than the closure of the bridge. But where were the parents of these children who were still on the streets at 2am this morning, drunk, cold, no transport - some from Thirsk and Selby. Understand some under age were also hospitalised due to drink - some questions for the local landlords and off licenses I think! Not something we need to hold CYC responsible for - think this is down to uninterested or irresponsible parents! Why was the Minster in darkness - that was a real snub to tourists - thought it was trying to get people interested so that they will help with their fund raising - not the right approach. Thank you to St Michaels for the hot chocolate and somewhere safe to escape to.
[quote][p][bold]Funnyian[/bold] wrote: I have worked ad a doorman for many NYE and can say this was the worst I have seen for violence and disorder (None at the venue I was at) it was focused around Blake Street and the Minster and at one point CCTV operators were requesting doorstaff to go to McDonnell’s to assist police with the trouble which was mostly very drunk teenagers and younger.[/p][/quote]Well said. The Police were run off their feet and were magnificent when handling the youngsters - some as young as 12! How does a 12 year old get a bettle of Jack Daniels......where were the parents. There were hundreds of them making for a very intimidating atmosphere. The medical people in Duncombe Place were fantastic as were the stewards. Many people attended having heard of the magnificent show last year and were then faced with the local youth rioting in the streets! A family from Oxford told me they were returning to their hotel and cancelling their booking for the Tour de France in York and would never return. Think the youth did more damage than the closure of the bridge. But where were the parents of these children who were still on the streets at 2am this morning, drunk, cold, no transport - some from Thirsk and Selby. Understand some under age were also hospitalised due to drink - some questions for the local landlords and off licenses I think! Not something we need to hold CYC responsible for - think this is down to uninterested or irresponsible parents! Why was the Minster in darkness - that was a real snub to tourists - thought it was trying to get people interested so that they will help with their fund raising - not the right approach. Thank you to St Michaels for the hot chocolate and somewhere safe to escape to. Mitney

3:33pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Site of woe says...

Walked past McDonald's at around 2am and there were a lot of very young teenagers out. I did wonder what their parents were doing letting them stay out at that time. I didn't see any trouble there though, but there was an incident at a bar on Bootham around the same time that the police were dealing with.
Walked past McDonald's at around 2am and there were a lot of very young teenagers out. I did wonder what their parents were doing letting them stay out at that time. I didn't see any trouble there though, but there was an incident at a bar on Bootham around the same time that the police were dealing with. Site of woe

10:17pm Wed 1 Jan 14

ANDYPK says...

I could not believe how many young 12-16 year olds were out and around the Minster, many parentless and totally intoxicated looking for trouble, there were many young girls in pretty drunken states which as a father of two daughters I really find worrying to see. The atmosphere was intimidating at best, I am not a small guy however some of the groups of 15-16 yr old lads all full of testosterone clearly were not there to celebrate New Year, they wanted trouble. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THESE UNRULY UNDERAGE KIDS ?

As for COYC and their complete lack of interest on putting an event on, are we really surprised? What else do they ever do for the residents of York ?
We went to the Minster with our 22yr old duaghter and partner as last year the atmosphere was great with the stage, bands and countdown, last night was pathetic, a real let down to what had been a great evening in York restaurants and bars and to be honest really embarrassing to be a citizen of this great City, I heard many 'tourists' voicing their concern and intent not to return next year. I wish we had stayed in the bar we were in. Why not adopt the Edinburgh approach and sell tickets to the area and put on a decent event with countdown, some excitement and proper fireworks, why not put York on the New Year map for positive reasons?
I could not believe how many young 12-16 year olds were out and around the Minster, many parentless and totally intoxicated looking for trouble, there were many young girls in pretty drunken states which as a father of two daughters I really find worrying to see. The atmosphere was intimidating at best, I am not a small guy however some of the groups of 15-16 yr old lads all full of testosterone clearly were not there to celebrate New Year, they wanted trouble. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THESE UNRULY UNDERAGE KIDS ? As for COYC and their complete lack of interest on putting an event on, are we really surprised? What else do they ever do for the residents of York ? We went to the Minster with our 22yr old duaghter and partner as last year the atmosphere was great with the stage, bands and countdown, last night was pathetic, a real let down to what had been a great evening in York restaurants and bars and to be honest really embarrassing to be a citizen of this great City, I heard many 'tourists' voicing their concern and intent not to return next year. I wish we had stayed in the bar we were in. Why not adopt the Edinburgh approach and sell tickets to the area and put on a decent event with countdown, some excitement and proper fireworks, why not put York on the New Year map for positive reasons? ANDYPK

10:50pm Wed 1 Jan 14

malonemalone says...

heartbreaker wrote:
Agree with Vinnielou. New year at the Minster is pointless. Nothing ever happens - no countdown, no fireworks. Not one rendition of Auld whatever it's called. Just stay in whatever bar you're in, grab a table and be first to get your drinks before the crowds head back after midnight.
nobody as asking you to go
[quote][p][bold]heartbreaker[/bold] wrote: Agree with Vinnielou. New year at the Minster is pointless. Nothing ever happens - no countdown, no fireworks. Not one rendition of Auld whatever it's called. Just stay in whatever bar you're in, grab a table and be first to get your drinks before the crowds head back after midnight.[/p][/quote]nobody as asking you to go malonemalone

8:06am Thu 2 Jan 14

keepitshut says...

ANDYPK wrote:
I could not believe how many young 12-16 year olds were out and around the Minster, many parentless and totally intoxicated looking for trouble, there were many young girls in pretty drunken states which as a father of two daughters I really find worrying to see. The atmosphere was intimidating at best, I am not a small guy however some of the groups of 15-16 yr old lads all full of testosterone clearly were not there to celebrate New Year, they wanted trouble. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THESE UNRULY UNDERAGE KIDS ? As for COYC and their complete lack of interest on putting an event on, are we really surprised? What else do they ever do for the residents of York ? We went to the Minster with our 22yr old duaghter and partner as last year the atmosphere was great with the stage, bands and countdown, last night was pathetic, a real let down to what had been a great evening in York restaurants and bars and to be honest really embarrassing to be a citizen of this great City, I heard many 'tourists' voicing their concern and intent not to return next year. I wish we had stayed in the bar we were in. Why not adopt the Edinburgh approach and sell tickets to the area and put on a decent event with countdown, some excitement and proper fireworks, why not put York on the New Year map for positive reasons?
CYC did put an "event" on last year, big stage, music, countdown etc, however, i believe it was "overshadowed" by an incident just after midnight.
This may have some bearing on why CYC didnt make a show this year.

As the city will be raking in "mega bucks" during the Tour de France, how about some of the hotels, resteraunts etc putting a few quid together and asking CYC to put on a New Years Eve 2014 party?
The council seem to be spending a lot of money to get Tour de France here but its the buisness element of the city who will prosper, only seems fair!
[quote][p][bold]ANDYPK[/bold] wrote: I could not believe how many young 12-16 year olds were out and around the Minster, many parentless and totally intoxicated looking for trouble, there were many young girls in pretty drunken states which as a father of two daughters I really find worrying to see. The atmosphere was intimidating at best, I am not a small guy however some of the groups of 15-16 yr old lads all full of testosterone clearly were not there to celebrate New Year, they wanted trouble. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THESE UNRULY UNDERAGE KIDS ? As for COYC and their complete lack of interest on putting an event on, are we really surprised? What else do they ever do for the residents of York ? We went to the Minster with our 22yr old duaghter and partner as last year the atmosphere was great with the stage, bands and countdown, last night was pathetic, a real let down to what had been a great evening in York restaurants and bars and to be honest really embarrassing to be a citizen of this great City, I heard many 'tourists' voicing their concern and intent not to return next year. I wish we had stayed in the bar we were in. Why not adopt the Edinburgh approach and sell tickets to the area and put on a decent event with countdown, some excitement and proper fireworks, why not put York on the New Year map for positive reasons?[/p][/quote]CYC did put an "event" on last year, big stage, music, countdown etc, however, i believe it was "overshadowed" by an incident just after midnight. This may have some bearing on why CYC didnt make a show this year. As the city will be raking in "mega bucks" during the Tour de France, how about some of the hotels, resteraunts etc putting a few quid together and asking CYC to put on a New Years Eve 2014 party? The council seem to be spending a lot of money to get Tour de France here but its the buisness element of the city who will prosper, only seems fair! keepitshut

8:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

mickeyd28 says...

We came to york NYE last year we went to the minster at midnight, what a great atmosphere it was, a band was playing they did the countdown, then fireworks, great time. We came again this NYE we even brought our family and their partners because we had talked to them about how good it was and stayed in a local b&b but what a letdown midnight at the minster was no band no countdown no fireworks shame on you York city council we wont be back this NYE very disappointing

Mike Cottingham
We came to york NYE last year we went to the minster at midnight, what a great atmosphere it was, a band was playing they did the countdown, then fireworks, great time. We came again this NYE we even brought our family and their partners because we had talked to them about how good it was and stayed in a local b&b but what a letdown midnight at the minster was no band no countdown no fireworks shame on you York city council we wont be back this NYE very disappointing Mike Cottingham mickeyd28

8:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

hustler says...

I seem to recall a fair bit of grumbling (mainly from a local hotel manager) about perceived noise from the band and people enjoying themselves on New Years Eve 2012. This was well catalogued by The Press, with a series of letters, and comments made on these pages. Wonder if there is any coincidence that there was no "official" entertainment / m.c. laid on this year, or things were subdued to appease the minority who objected last year?
I seem to recall a fair bit of grumbling (mainly from a local hotel manager) about perceived noise from the band and people enjoying themselves on New Years Eve 2012. This was well catalogued by The Press, with a series of letters, and comments made on these pages. Wonder if there is any coincidence that there was no "official" entertainment / m.c. laid on this year, or things were subdued to appease the minority who objected last year? hustler

7:04am Fri 3 Jan 14

keepitshut says...

hustler wrote:
I seem to recall a fair bit of grumbling (mainly from a local hotel manager) about perceived noise from the band and people enjoying themselves on New Years Eve 2012. This was well catalogued by The Press, with a series of letters, and comments made on these pages. Wonder if there is any coincidence that there was no "official" entertainment / m.c. laid on this year, or things were subdued to appease the minority who objected last year?
Correct...
[quote][p][bold]hustler[/bold] wrote: I seem to recall a fair bit of grumbling (mainly from a local hotel manager) about perceived noise from the band and people enjoying themselves on New Years Eve 2012. This was well catalogued by The Press, with a series of letters, and comments made on these pages. Wonder if there is any coincidence that there was no "official" entertainment / m.c. laid on this year, or things were subdued to appease the minority who objected last year?[/p][/quote]Correct... keepitshut

6:53pm Fri 3 Jan 14

rodney'sdog says...

keepitshut wrote:
ANDYPK wrote:
I could not believe how many young 12-16 year olds were out and around the Minster, many parentless and totally intoxicated looking for trouble, there were many young girls in pretty drunken states which as a father of two daughters I really find worrying to see. The atmosphere was intimidating at best, I am not a small guy however some of the groups of 15-16 yr old lads all full of testosterone clearly were not there to celebrate New Year, they wanted trouble. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THESE UNRULY UNDERAGE KIDS ? As for COYC and their complete lack of interest on putting an event on, are we really surprised? What else do they ever do for the residents of York ? We went to the Minster with our 22yr old duaghter and partner as last year the atmosphere was great with the stage, bands and countdown, last night was pathetic, a real let down to what had been a great evening in York restaurants and bars and to be honest really embarrassing to be a citizen of this great City, I heard many 'tourists' voicing their concern and intent not to return next year. I wish we had stayed in the bar we were in. Why not adopt the Edinburgh approach and sell tickets to the area and put on a decent event with countdown, some excitement and proper fireworks, why not put York on the New Year map for positive reasons?
CYC did put an "event" on last year, big stage, music, countdown etc, however, i believe it was "overshadowed" by an incident just after midnight.
This may have some bearing on why CYC didnt make a show this year.

As the city will be raking in "mega bucks" during the Tour de France, how about some of the hotels, resteraunts etc putting a few quid together and asking CYC to put on a New Years Eve 2014 party?
The council seem to be spending a lot of money to get Tour de France here but its the buisness element of the city who will prosper, only seems fair!
It was an opportunity wasted.
[quote][p][bold]keepitshut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ANDYPK[/bold] wrote: I could not believe how many young 12-16 year olds were out and around the Minster, many parentless and totally intoxicated looking for trouble, there were many young girls in pretty drunken states which as a father of two daughters I really find worrying to see. The atmosphere was intimidating at best, I am not a small guy however some of the groups of 15-16 yr old lads all full of testosterone clearly were not there to celebrate New Year, they wanted trouble. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THESE UNRULY UNDERAGE KIDS ? As for COYC and their complete lack of interest on putting an event on, are we really surprised? What else do they ever do for the residents of York ? We went to the Minster with our 22yr old duaghter and partner as last year the atmosphere was great with the stage, bands and countdown, last night was pathetic, a real let down to what had been a great evening in York restaurants and bars and to be honest really embarrassing to be a citizen of this great City, I heard many 'tourists' voicing their concern and intent not to return next year. I wish we had stayed in the bar we were in. Why not adopt the Edinburgh approach and sell tickets to the area and put on a decent event with countdown, some excitement and proper fireworks, why not put York on the New Year map for positive reasons?[/p][/quote]CYC did put an "event" on last year, big stage, music, countdown etc, however, i believe it was "overshadowed" by an incident just after midnight. This may have some bearing on why CYC didnt make a show this year. As the city will be raking in "mega bucks" during the Tour de France, how about some of the hotels, resteraunts etc putting a few quid together and asking CYC to put on a New Years Eve 2014 party? The council seem to be spending a lot of money to get Tour de France here but its the buisness element of the city who will prosper, only seems fair![/p][/quote]It was an opportunity wasted. rodney'sdog

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