Dundee could soon boast a Hogmanay celebration to match any in the country after thousands of pounds were pledged to a New Year party.
Councillors have put aside £15,000 for a major live music event, with a further £10,000 funding on the cards to make the celebration even bigger.
The city has been without a Hogmanay party for many years but, after a quiet period, Dundee City Council hopes to come back with a bang.
The New Year celebration is still subject to final approval, with a council spokesman revealing that the money is a “contingency provision, pending a detailed proposal coming forward”.
Nonetheless, Councillor Jimmy Black, who has been a long-time supporter of holding Hogmanay celebrations in the city, said the local authority’s cash needs to go towards creating a “buzz” for the city.
He said: “I am delighted funds have been made available to help make a city centre event happen at Hogmanay.
“The event needs to be practical, safe and fun, and that is what I am hoping the event organisers come up with.
“I want to see things happen during the day too, both on Hogmanay and on New Year’s Day.
“The festive season needs to be busy and there needs to be a big buzz that brings people out of their houses and encourages visitors to come to Dundee it’s important that we welcome people.
“We are starting small but in the future events might pick up and be like Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Stonehaven.”
Alongside council funding, a further £10,000 could be committed by EventScotland.