A helicopter captured the 'Be Together' message created by the torch-bearers.

Pictures show spectacular scenes in Edinburgh as 40,000 gather for magical Torchlight Procession

The historic streets at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town flowed with a flaming river of light tonight as an estimated 40,000 people gathered for the magical Torchlight Procession which begins Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

At Holyrood Park where the procession culminated, torchbearers made the shape of two people reaching out a hand in friendship representing the theme of this year’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Be Together. The scene was captured from a helicopter above. Here are some of tonight's best pictures...

Fire-throwing artists and drummers led the 'river of light' to Holyrood Park, where event organisers say about 40,000 people gathered to create a symbol of friendship against the backdrop of the city.

1. Fire-Throwers

Fire-throwing artists and drummers led the 'river of light' to Holyrood Park, where event organisers say about 40,000 people gathered to create a symbol of friendship against the backdrop of the city.
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Torchbearers formed a message of togetherness and beamed it out during the spectacle in Edinburgh this evening. Pic: Edinburgh's Hogmanay Twitter.

2. Be Together

Torchbearers formed a message of togetherness and beamed it out during the spectacle in Edinburgh this evening. Pic: Edinburgh's Hogmanay Twitter.
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It is thought around 20,000 people took part in the torchlight procession, with another 20,000 estimated to be watching from vantage points in the Old Town . Pic: Ian Georgeson

3. Torchlight Procession

It is thought around 20,000 people took part in the torchlight procession, with another 20,000 estimated to be watching from vantage points in the Old Town . Pic: Ian Georgeson
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The sold-out Torchlight Procession, in partnership with VisitScotland, marks the start of the Hogmanay celebrations with all eyes on Edinburgh as the city welcomes visitors from around the world. Pic: Ian Georgeson

4. Sold-Out Procession

The sold-out Torchlight Procession, in partnership with VisitScotland, marks the start of the Hogmanay celebrations with all eyes on Edinburgh as the city welcomes visitors from around the world. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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