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It's all good clean fun on so-called black eye Friday.

Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@ncjmedia

THOUSANDS of revellers filled Newcastle's pubs, clubs and bars for one of the biggest booze-ups of the year.

Black Eye Friday, the last Friday before Christmas, is one of the busiest nights for the region's hospitality trade as workers celebrate the Christmas break with a night on the town.

By 5pm bars in the city were filling up and the Botanist, which opened in the former Monument Mall this week, was operating a one in, one out door policy, Andrew Shiel-Redfern, general manager of the Botanist, said: "We're having a very successful opening.

"It's great to see the place so busy - feedback has been fantastic."

Among the revellers were Claire McCormick who works at Newcastle University. She said: "We come out every year after work at the university.

"It was a great night."

Elsewhere, door staff said the night started off in good spirits with revellers looking for a laugh rather than trouble.

In Newcastle city centre the bars were busy but the streets were quiet as drinkers chose to stay indoors.

Duncan Jordan, a member of doorstaff at Sinners, in Newgate Street, said: "It's was very quiet for us.

"There was no bother - everyone was having a good laugh." Upping the stakes from the ever popular Christmas jumper Lloyd Holmes, 19, from Gosforth was wearing his best Christmas suit.

He said: "A lot of people were doing Christmas jumpers but I wanted to get one-up on them.

"Me and a friend like to see who can wear the most ridiculous thing, this time I won.

"People have either been shaking my hand or insulting me." It wasn't just the Toon who turned out to paint the town red on the night known as Black Eye Friday.

Carlie Crosby was with friends and family from Darlington.

She said: "This is my first Black Eye Friday in Newcastle.

"We're out with family, there's my mam, my nan, my mam's best friend.

"We're out for the duration - it's been great so far."

Black Eye Friday takes its unfortunate name from the fact after a few too many festive tipples a few people turn nasty and squabbles and fisticuffs ensue.

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Date:Dec 20, 2014
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