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Bring in the bells with Sean Batty this Hogmanay

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A first footer with a very warm outlook, presenter Sean Batty will this year bring in the bells with a special celebration on STV. 
 
As 2019 draws to a close, Sean’s Very Scottish Hogmanay is on air from 2330 and promises to bring viewers an evening of celebration, music, warmth and reflection.
 
Sean will be joined by presenter Jennifer Reoch at the spectacular Craufurdland Castle in Ayrshire – a fitting venue for a night of ceilidh dancing, fireworks and musical performances by Dougie Maclean and Mairi Campbell.  Sean is also joined by hosts, Laird and Leddie Craufurd who give an insight into the history and significance of their beautiful home.
 
As the clock ticks down to midnight, Sean will be revelling and unravelling the auld traditions and adding in a few new ones to the mix.  He’ll delve into the fascinating history of Hogmanay, past and present, finding out about the fiery celebrations of Shetland, Stonehaven and Edinburgh and the origins of why Dundonians ‘dress the herring’.  He also learns how to make the traditional Borders fruitcake, Black Bun, often used for the ritual of first-footing at Hogmanay. 
 
Sean will find out why a poem from Scotland, Auld Lang Syne, is so universal across the world at this time of year, with Dougie MacLean and Mairi Campbell performing an exclusive arrangement of the traditional Scottish classic.  And as the clock strikes midnight, a host of famous faces will send Happy New Year messages to viewers celebrating at home.
 
Sean said: “Hogmanay is such a big part of Scottish life so to be asked to host the programme for STV is an honour. I have fond memories of getting ready for the bells when I was younger and celebrating around the TV with family and a few nibbles. I can’t wait to uncover some of the fascinating Scottish Hogmanay traditions and bring in the New Year with some lovely guests.  I forecast a wonderful night of celebration so coorie in, pour yourself a wee dram and join us as we go Batty for the bells and ring in 2020.”
 
Jennifer Reoch said: “I can’t wait to bring in the New Year with Sean and our guests on Hogmanay. The beautiful Craufurdland Castle is a perfect setting and we will be counting down to the bells at a truly Scottish occasion.  Join us as we celebrate all that is special at this time of year and wish Scotland a fantastic New Year.”
 
Stephen O’Donnell, Director of Programme Strategy & Marketing at STV, said: “Sean’s Very Scottish Hogmanay is a show with real heart and warmth, and is a great way for viewers at home to celebrate our most loved New Year traditions. Hogmanay is a special time for Scots everywhere and Sean, Jennifer and all of our wonderful guests will make sure we bring in the bells in proper traditional Scottish style.”
 
For more wholesome nostalgia this New Year, STV’s television adaptation of Tony Roper's tragicomic play The Steamie is available on the STV Player -- https://player.stv.tv/summary/the-steamie.