Happy New Year! Enormous firework display lights up central London as UK celebrates 2013 in style

Happy New Year, London! Fantastic firework display on the banks of the Thames lights up the capital's skyline to welcome 2013 in UK About 250,000 people lined the banks of the Thames to witness the incredible display of pyrotechnics and lightsAround 75,000 partygoers joined in a mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne after the clock struck midnight in Edinburgh . Colourful: Thousands of people have lined the banks of the Thames to see the extravagant firework display light up the capital Ambitious: Thousands of people lined the banks of the Thames to witness the incredible display of pyrotechnics and lights Elaborate: The London Eye is dwarfed by the impressive fireworks Bright: Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London Popular: The banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London were packed with thousands of happy revellers Attractive: The capital's skyline was transformed during the incredible firework display The spectacle in London saw a quarter-of-a-million people gather on the banks of the Thames to watch the 11-minute firework show which followed the traditional counting down of the final seconds by Big Ben

Comet closes for good: Taxpayer left with 50m bill as final stores shut their doors today

Comet shelves picked bare by Christmas shoppers as remaining stores prepare to close their doors today Bargain hunters queued outside Comet stores on the last day of tradingDejected staff were seen dismantling display cases and taking posters downStore accounts have insufficient funds to cover staff redundancy payments HM Revenue & Customs stands to lose 26.1million in uncollected taxComet's demise will now be investigated by the Insolvency Service | UPDATED: 20:44 GMT, 18 December 2012 Bargain hunters looking for Christmas presents have been stripping shelves bare at doomed Comet stores today – the High Street giant's last day of in-store trading.

Rare "rainbow clouds" shimmer in the night sky over Scotland in these astonishingly beautiful pictures

Shepherd's delight: Rainbow coloured 'mother-of-pearl' clouds shimmering in the night sky over Scotland Unusual formation spotted over the Outer Hebrides just before sunriseMethane reacts with ozone in the atmosphere to create the dazzling display | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 17 December 2012 These breathtaking images show an extremely rare, multi-coloured cloud hovering over a Scottish island at night. The dazzling sight appeared over the island of Scalpay, in the Outer Hebrides, just before sunrise on December 9. Amateur photographer Jez Wheeler was lucky enough to be in the right place to capture the perfect shots of the cloud, known as a 'mother-of-pearl' or Nacreous cloud

Festive family adorn Bristol home with 20,000 Christmas lights display featuring reindeer, Santas and even a snow machine

Festive family adorn their home with 20,000 Christmas lights display featuring reindeer, Santas and even a snow machine Twin brothers Paul and Lee Brailsford have decorated house for 16 yearsWallace and Gromit turned on 2012 display which costs 450 a day to run | UPDATED: 13:07 GMT, 3 December 2012 A grandmother's semi-detached house has been transformed into a winter wonderland after her builder sons spent weeks decorating it with tens of thousands of Christmas lights.