REV­ELLERS GET INTO CHRIST­MAS SPIRIT

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

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.

PIC­TURES: HUW EVANS PIC­TURE AGENCY

Party-go­ers in Cardiff on Fri­day night

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