Today, event security specialist G4S will be helping to ensure the 80,000 Hogmanay revellers in Edinburgh’s world-famous streets enjoy a safe start to 2014.
This will be the 20th year G4S Events has provided security and safety management services at Hogmanay, and the company will have more than 500 of its staff available to give safety and security advice and help everyone enjoy the festivities.
As Edinburgh prepares to enjoy a variety of events including a special concert by The Pet Shop Boys, the Kelidh and the Torchlight Procession, G4S is reminding guests of top safety tips on how to make the most of the festival (such as wearing warm clothing, drinking responsibly, keeping personal property secure and planning journeys home in advance).
G4S Events managing director Eric Alexander said: “As the dedicated security partners for Hogmanay 2013, G4S will have more than 500 stewards in Edinburgh helping to ensure that the festivities are safe and secure. We’re delighted to be part of this event and our team will be on hand to ably assist with any questions.”
Alexander continued: “Remember, regardless of the forecast this is Scotland in December and late at night, so please wrap up in warm and waterproof clothes. I would urge revellers to heed advice from our stewards – who’ll all be wearing G4S-branded high visibility jackets – so that everyone has an enjoyable Hogmanay experience to remember.”
Top tips for seeing the New Year in safely include:
Do follow instructions given by the event organisers
Do wear warm, waterproof clothing
Do keep an eye out for each other and designate a meeting point if you should become separated
Do plan in advance how to get home
Do drink responsibly as people under the influence of too much alcohol may be refused entry
Don’t bring glass (including bottles) or cans into the events arena (there will be bars where drink can be purchased)
Don’t bring children to the Hogmanay Street Party
Don’t turn up after 11.00 pm as entrants will not be admitted