Published: 28/12/2017 13:00 - Updated: 28/12/2017 09:27

Countdown to the party of the year

Written byIain Ramage


Craig Hill
The celebrations will be hosted by comic Craig Hill.

FINGERS are firmly crossed for a dry Hogmanay as final preparations are made for this year’s spectacular Red Hot Highland Fling at the Northern Meeting Park.

The party kicks off at 8.30pm on Sunday but the gates open to the free family event 30 minutes earlier.

The celebration will feature a blend of music, dancing, comedy and food – plus fireworks at midnight.

Topping the bill will be Ho-ro, Skippinish and Skerryvore with top comic Craig Hill hosting.

Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael said: "Now in its ninth year, the Inverness Winter Festival has made a significant boost to the local economy, attracting visitors to the Highlands while providing a fantastic fun event for locals to welcome in the new year.

"The atmosphere is always great and the event is greatly enjoyed by the many thousands who attend."

Deputy provost Graham Ross, who heads the events and festivals working group, said: "The fling is firmly established as one of the UK’s top Hogmanay experiences and attracts visitors from far and wide to the Highlands."

Drivers are being urged to use city centre car parks on the night as only disabled parking, for blue badge holders, will be available at the site.

Spectators are reminded that there will be a bar and hot food available at the event and it is not permitted to bring food or drink into the event. Security searches will take place prior to admission.

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