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Unique Events signs G4S to provide secure Hogmanay celebrations

G4S Secure Solutions (UK And Ireland) : 23 December, 2009  (Application Story)
Revellers over the New Year in Scotland will be kept secure by G4S Events as Hogmanay celebration organisers sign the secure guarding company
Unique Events, organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, has expanded its working relationship with G4S Events.

G4S Events will provide additional organisational support for the Scottish capital's world-leading New Year celebrations to help ensure the continued excellent safety record of the event.

Working in partnership with Unique Events, The City of Edinburgh Council and emergency services, G4S Events - the Leith-based event division of the world's leading security solutions group - will provide safety advice and teams of expert stewards for all the outdoor events taking place as part of this year's Edinburgh's Hogmanay, The stewards, most of whom live locally, will help ensure people attending the wide range of events have a safe and enjoyable time.

Capital-based Unique Events organises the Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh-based security firm Rock Steady, now G4S, has been with them since the beginning. The world famous event is now in its 17th year and G4S has been instrumental in making Edinburgh's Hogmanay a safety template for outdoor events around the world.

Working closely with Unique events and the emergency services during the planning process the G4S management team help ensure a solid infrastructure for the event. During this year's five day winter festival, G4S staff will carry out a range of duties including the safeguarding of entrance and exit points, ticket checking, securing the fireworks sites and protecting VIP areas.

This year's expanded programme of Edinburgh's Hogmanay features music, dance, art, conversation, fireworks, and street theatre from 29 December 2009 until 2 January 2010. Brand new events and popular favourites will bring Edinburgh's streets alive with non-stop enjoyment for both residents and visitors to Scotland's capital city.

Highlights include Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party when 80,000 partygoers from Scotland and all across the globe will join together in Princes Street to celebrate the New Year against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh and the Old Town, and the music and fireworks spectacular, Concert in the Gardens, headlined by Madness with very special guests Noisettes and Codeine Velvet Club.

A packed programme also features family favourite, the Torchlight Procession, when an expected 20,000 people will create a river of fire as they move in procession through Edinburgh's Old Town led by the mighty Lerwick Up Helly AA Vikings and the massed pipes and drums. Revellers will birl through the bells accompanied by the best in traditional Scottish music at The Keilidh, and the massive 8m tall Big Man who attracted huge crowds as he walked throughout Scotland this autumn, is reawakened in New Man Walking to walk the capital's historic Royal Mile, from Holyrood Palace to the Tron.

Pete Irvine, Managing Director, Unique Events and Creative Director of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, said: "We've more events than ever at this year's Edinburgh's Hogmanay and we're looking forward to welcoming people from the city and across the world to the celebrations. Edinburgh's Hogmanay is about having fun and being safe and Unique Events is delighted to be working with G4S Events to help make sure everyone has a great time."

Edinburgh born Mark Hamilton, Managing Director, G4S Events adds: "I am very proud to have been part of the development of an event that has made Edinburgh an international destination for Hogmanay. By making revellers feel welcome, answering questions and guiding them safely through the evening, our staff play a vital role in creating the relaxed and fun atmosphere that has made the event famous."

City Festival & Events Champion Steve Cardownie, said: 'Edinburgh's Hogmanay is among the world's most spectacular and exciting events for New Year revellers. Of course it's important to us that people have fun but we also pay great attention to ensure that the event is as safe as possible. We are well known for having a long and successful safety record and we look forward to working with G4S as they help us put on a great night.'

G4S Events is Europe's leading independent event security company and provides security, crowd management and stewarding services to conferences, exhibitions, live music, sport, and community events.
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