Spain rings in the New Year with traditional 12 grapes and cava

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MADRID: Revellers in the Puerta del Sol

THOUSANDS of revellers partied well into the morning as Spain rang in the New Year at the stroke of midnight.

Up and down the country people were trying to eat their 12 grapes, one for each strike of the clock, which is supposed to bring you good luck and prosperity for the year ahead.

The biggest party was in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square where 20,000 people joined in the countdown and witnessed the fireworks that followed.

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Amid security concerns this year the city council restricted the number of people who could join the celebrations.

Thirty-five extra CCTV cameras monitored traffic in the area and a National Police helicopter beamed live images direct to the control centre.

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