and I always enjoyed welcoming in the New Year at Ross Market
House. Alan would set the cameras up about 20 or so minutes
before Midnight and together we would watch people slowly
beginning to gather there. At Midnight, there was always
a kiss, then the taking of many photographs or film of the
crowds all wishing each other well for the New Year. Lots
of hugs, kisses and requests to have photos taken later,
we would then pack up and head for home,
where, almost immediately Alan would start working on the
arrived at the Market House on New Year's Eve at around
23:50 with just one camera and watched whilst people, as
usual, slowly began to leave the pubs and make their way
to the building. In less than ten minutes, the numbers grew
from thirty or so to several hundred people and the atmosphere
at that time felt good. At Midnight, or rather when it was
suddenly decided it was Midnight, everybody cheered and
went around shaking hands, hugging and kissing each other.
I watched the fireworks which were set off by Andy Gooding
of the Eagle and they were lovely. I blew Alan a kiss, took
a few more photographs, then met my son Russell and his
girlfriend Jess, chatted with friends, then put the camera
away before heading to Charlie's Bar, reflecting not only
on the past year but also how the crucial part of the evening
had long held the view that there should be more ceremony
attached to bringing in the New Year; that there should
be music again and everybody should sing 'Auld Lang Syne',
which seems to have become a forgotten tradition in Ross.
I later learned that the somewhat increasingly disorganized
welcome to the New Year was the reason for many 'old' friends
not bothering to go into the town to see the New Year in.
Perhaps it can be looked into for future New Year celebrations.
said all of that, I did enjoy the event and I sincerely
hope that 2012 will turn out to be a very happy and prosperous
year for all.