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Alan and I always enjoyed welcoming in the New Year at Ross Market House. Alan would set the cameras up about 20 or so minutes before Midnight and together we would watch people slowly beginning to gather there. At Midnight, there was always a kiss, then the taking of many photographs or film of the crowds all wishing each other well for the New Year. Lots of hugs, kisses and requests to have photos taken later, we would then pack up and head for home, where, almost immediately Alan would start working on the coverage.

I arrived at the Market House on New Year's Eve at around 23:50 with just one camera and watched whilst people, as usual, slowly began to leave the pubs and make their way to the building. In less than ten minutes, the numbers grew from thirty or so to several hundred people and the atmosphere at that time felt good. At Midnight, or rather when it was suddenly decided it was Midnight, everybody cheered and went around shaking hands, hugging and kissing each other. I watched the fireworks which were set off by Andy Gooding of the Eagle and they were lovely. I blew Alan a kiss, took a few more photographs, then met my son Russell and his girlfriend Jess, chatted with friends, then put the camera away before heading to Charlie's Bar, reflecting not only on the past year but also how the crucial part of the evening had gone.

Alan had long held the view that there should be more ceremony attached to bringing in the New Year; that there should be music again and everybody should sing 'Auld Lang Syne', which seems to have become a forgotten tradition in Ross. I later learned that the somewhat increasingly disorganized welcome to the New Year was the reason for many 'old' friends not bothering to go into the town to see the New Year in. Perhaps it can be looked into for future New Year celebrations.

Having said all of that, I did enjoy the event and I sincerely hope that 2012 will turn out to be a very happy and prosperous year for all.

People begin to make their way up to Ross Market House to welcome in the New Year.

The numbers are steadily increasing . . .

. . . more and more people arrive . . . .

. . . it took just under ten minutes for people to fill the street. . . .

. . . . to wish each other a Happy New Year!.

This group of young people asked for their photograph to be taken.

My friends, Kim and Chris.

My son Russell and I always seem to manage to meet up at the Market House.

My son's girlfriend, Jess and I shortly after Midnight.
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