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A Guid New Year (clip)

Hogmanay celebrations in Glasgow 1957-58

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This was STV's first ever Hogmanay broadcast. Hogmanay 1957 in Glasgow. This magazine programme featured views of celebrating crowds and entertainers at Glasgow Cross, and dance, singing and comedy in the studio. The programme moves between interviews of participants such as the bell ringer, and local residents, festivities and a review of the Year's News events. In this clip we see the countdown to 'the bells'.

Questions & Activities


  • Why do people get so excited at New Year?
  • What traditions are associated with celebrating Hogmanay in Scotland?
  • What is the feel of this celebration and is it different from Hogmanay celebrations today?
  • What was the Sputnik they referred to and where did it get its name from?
  • How does this televised New Year broadcast differ from modern Hogmanay shows?


Research, compare and contrast different New Year and Winter Solstice celebrations amongst different religions and cultures around the world.

'The Chimes' by Charles Dickens is probably the most influential story about New Year, undoubtedly inspiring Frank Capra's film "It's a Wonderful Life". Read this short novel and discuss the issues and emotions involved and the metaphor of "The Chimes". You may also want to watch the famous movie and compare and contrast the two works.

Write a modern New Year song that you think sums up the hopes and fears that people experience around New Year.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-389-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref T0655
Date 1956
Genre Documentary, TV Entertainment
School Subject Religious and Moral Education, English, Music
Subject Matter International Education, Citizenship
Who Scottish Television (production company)
Where Glasgow
Event Festival
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 1:11
Film Length 35:54