English revellers welcomed the New Year together alongside the Welsh and the Scots as many fled Covid restrictions to kick off 2022 with a bang.
Partygoers in England were given the green light to celebrate despite Omicron fears – making the night relatively more free than the previous NYE.
But up in Scotland and Wales, many Covid-19 restrictions stayed in place, making those searching for a more lively start to the year needed to look further afield.
The streets of major English cities, including Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham rang out in cheers as Brits united with each other – hugging and toasting the New Year.
Bars, clubs and restaurants faced huge crowds on the warmest NYE on record, with 'spring-like' temperatures when the gong struck midnight.
Photos showed women dolled up to the nines as they stood outside in huge queues – enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in their short outfits.
A group were seen giggling in novelty glasses that have been branded with the year 2022.
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Another lot were seen walking together in vastly different outfits – giving very much a 'Spice Girls' vibe as they enjoyed a festive and undivided side to the UK last night.
But, for some, the party still ended early as rowdy punters didn't quite make it to see January 1 with their pals.
Some arrests after a suspected punch-up on the streets, as one bloke in Newcastle, was bundled into a police van wearing cuffs.
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Another one was arrested and taken by officers in Blackpool, according to The Sun.
Manchester city centre was heaving with revellers dressed to the nines as they queued outside venues on Canal Street.
In London, the sky was lit up with a dazzling firework and light display with thousands of onlookers watching along the Thames as a revamped Big Ben chimed in 2022, after its £80million restoration.
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Some revellers are believed to have travelled from as far as Dundee, Dunbar and Fife to hit the clubs and bars, Chronicle Live reports.
But despite fears of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not condemned people travelling from Scotland to England to celebrate.
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Instead, the PM urged revellers to "enjoy New Year but in a cautious and sensible way".
Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned "people should remain cautious" as he urged people to take lateral flow tests and celebrate outside if they could.
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