REVELLERS GET INTO CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
THOUSANDS of revellers took to the streets of the Welsh capital on Friday night to welcome the start of the Christmas festivities. The last Friday before Christmas has become infamous for being one of the busiest nights of the year for clubs and pubs.
Thousands braved wet and windy conditions gathering in Cardiff’s St Mary Street, Mill Lane, Caroline Street and Womanby Street.
Some who were unprepared for the rain sheltered their hair and make-up under plastic bags.
On St Mary Street, there were piggy-backs, selfies and elaborate Christmas costumes as office parties headed out on a crawl of the city.
Take away boxes piled up on top of the bins on Caroline Street – or “chippy alley” as it’s affectionately known – as people stopped for their final kebab before heading for the taxi home.
But Black Friday is also a difficult night for the emergency services.
There were some scenes of scuffles between police and party-goers and a few people were seen collapsed on the floor after having a few too many.
South Wales Police said between 7pm on Friday and 7am Saturday, officers responded to 575 incidents.
Those incidents included 10 drink- or drug-drivers, and 23 missing people.
Superintendent Chris Truscott said 97 people were still being held in South Wales Police cells yesterday morning.
The Huw Evans Picture Agency captured these pictures.
Party-goers in Cardiff on Friday night