Revellers made sure 2016 arrived with fizz and a bang

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Huge fireworks were lit in Cathedral Square to mark the beginning of 2016.

While there was no official event taking place in the city centre, the square proved a focal point for many people, with rockets set off and Champagne and Prosecco corks popped as the clock struck midnight.

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New Year's Eve celebrations on Cathedral Square EMN-160101-155659009

But while there was a big police presence, there was no trouble in the square, and no arrests were made.

Despite the large gathering, a Peterborough City Council spokesman said there were still no plans to resurrect an organised New Year’s Eve event in the square.

The spokesman said: “The last New Year’s Eve event hosted in Cathedral Square took place in 2011. Due to the cost there are no current plans to bring it back.

“Peterborough has a reputation for a packed calendar of city centre events including the Christmas Lights Switch-On, Peterborough Heritage Festival, Perkins Great Eastern Run and Peterborough Italian Festival, and 2016 will be no exception.”

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However, police officers were kept busy throughout the night and into New Year’s Day.

A police spokesperson said: “As we anticipated, New Year’s Eve in the force control room was busy with 999 calls coming in throughout the evening and into the early hours of New Year’s Day.

“We answered 289 emergency calls overnight, 210 of which came in between midnight and 6am. Over 99 per cent of these were answered within our target of 10 seconds. During the nightshift (9pm to 6am) there were 331 incidents, 239 of which were between midnight and 6am, this is slightly higher than last year’s 314 incidents with 227 occurring after midnight.

“As a comparison, the last Friday night shift before Christmas saw 223 incidents and a typical Friday night would see around 160 to 180 incidents.”

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New Year's Eve celebrations on Cathedral Square EMN-160101-160659009