Hogmoney** refund vow
HAZEL MOLLISON(writing in the Scotsman)
HOGMANAY street party revellers were today promised their money back after the cancellation of the Capital’s New Year celebrations.
More than 100,000 partygoers were left up to £ 40 out of pocket after the world- famous event was called off as gales of up to 70mph battered the hospital(Capital
shurely hic? blogg ed), it emerged today.
The plug was pulled on the main event after the wind caused two separate accidents* in Princes Street early in the evening.
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City chiefs today said they were confident that the cancellation would not damage the reputation of Edinburgh’s celebrations.
They said they were sure visitors would continue to come to the Capital despite the disappointment. The wild Hogmanay weather created havoc across the city, and hundreds of homes in Lothian were among 26,000 across the country left without electricity due to the storms. ScottishPower said it was hoping to reconnect the last 4000 affected homes today.
The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Lesley Hinds, said calling off the celebrations was a “very difficult decision”.
She said: “The paramount concern in all our minds was for public safety. I hope that people understand the reasons behind our decisions and had a good night anyway. “This is only the second time in festival’s history that any aspect of it has had to be cancelled."I have been asked to announce that 2p refund on all returned empty bottles is not on offer for 'budgetry reasons'
*Accidents involved money being blown out of peoples hands on two seperate occasions-fortunately,being Scotland this was a coin-not a note
** Scotsman's spelling. Perhaps pun intended? People making pigs of themselves?