New Year Celebrations  : Bringing in 2015 in Dundee

14 January 2014

“Join in the countdown as we say goodbye to the last few seconds of 2013 when at midnight there will be a stunning and spectacular fireworks display fired from the rooftop of His Majesty's Theatre. The best views will be from Union Bridge, Union Terrace, Blackfriars Street and Schoolhill.”

That’s how Aberdeen, Dundee’s friendly rival up the East coast, on its council website officially advised its residents to see in this New Year.

Stirling had 5,000 attending an outdoor party on the Castle Esplanade.

As far back as October, Inverness had announced the bands that would play at its Northern Meeting Park on Hogmanay.

Edinburgh saw 80,000 participate in a riot of pyrotechnics and colour.

Even astronauts floating in the International Space Centre synchronised their official New Year celebrations with Greenwich Mean Time and managed an extra-terrestrial handshake.

But while dazzling images from Edinburgh’s official celebrations in Princes Street were beamed across the world, in Dundee, the contender to be UK City of Culture 2017, there was no official marking of this annual passage of time.   

As a result, negative descriptions such as drab, dreich, dismal filled the void instead.

Why do big cities over the world- Sydney, New York, Tokyo, London, Edinburgh  -  invest heavily in these events at New Year?

Why are they important for them ?

They command national and international TV audiences which see pictures of happy young people – the hope and the future of these cities  - revelling against spectacular backgrounds.

They show the community spirit of these cities celebrating the opportunities that a new year brings.

The message is : We are a confident city with much to be proud of.

This is a good place to visit.

This is a good place to work in.

This is a good place to bring your talents and skills to live in.

As a first-rate city itself, Dundee has always had its own fine community spirit created by a unity that has worked together for the city’s common good.

This needs to be officially recognised, exhibited, and widely publicised on traditional days of celebration.

 That’s why marking the coming of 2015 in Dundee is important . 

Times are tough.  

 Money is tight.

However, in a city of talent and ability, it is certainly not beyond its ingenuity to produce worthwhile, financially-credible ideas that can be explored to restore some form of official celebration of the New Year in Dundee next year.

 


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