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Rugby theme to Newcastle new year celebrations

The new year celebrations in Newcastle had a rugby theme as the city prepares to welcome the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

St James' Park is one of the venues for the tournament and England head coach Stuart Lancaster was in the city to unveil a sign on the Tyne Bridge.

It was part of the Newcastle Winter Carnival which saw thousands of people join performers for a parade from the Monument in Newcastle city centre down to the Quayside where there was a fireworks display.