Dundee’s focus on culture in the coming years is unlikely to include the revival of civic New Year celebrations, the Tele can reveal.
Dundee folk were again left to their own devices on Hogmanay as the city didn’t host an official event to see in the bells.
And events like the ones in other Scottish cities won’t be seen in Dundee any time soon as council bosses insist there’s little demand for one.
Councillor Ken Guild, leader of Dundee City Council, said: “We haven’t had official Hogmanay celebrations for quite a number of years mainly with the considerable expense it would cost.
“I think way back in the 60s and 70s, the corporation which ran the transport would put on special buses and things to get people in and out of the city centre.
“But that stopped after de-regulation and I think the demand for city centre celebrations more or less died off.
“Once or twice, people have asked for it, but it all goes quiet when it comes to saying: ‘Who’s going to organise it and pay for it?’
“It would be very expensive to put something on to rival the likes of Edinburgh and it’s perhaps not practical at this point.
“In the current recession, it’s not something that the council could take on financial responsibility for.”
Hogmanay celebrations elsewhere in Scotland attracted more than 100,000 revellers collectively and saw acts like Deacon Blue, Simple Minds and Dougie MacLean bring in the bells.
This year also saw the main events in Edinburgh, Inverness, Stirling and Stonehaven linked to the second Year of Homecoming.
Dundee has vowed to deliver a cultural programme of events in the coming years off the back of its bid to become 2017 UK City of Culture.
Mr Guild said: “The culture bid team is intact and we are looking at future events for Dundee.”