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Party time: Evoque is one of many venues expected to be busy on New Year's Eve
Party time: Evoque is one of many venues expected to be busy on New Year's Eve
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Partygoers are expected to turn out in full force tomorrow night to welcome in the New Year.

Pubs, clubs and bars in Preston and across Lancashire as a whole will be busy with revellers ready to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014.

Restaurants are also likely to be packed out as families and friends join together.

Andrea Mellon, owner of tapas restaurants Duk and Pond in Preston said: “We are extremely busy on New Year’s Eve. It has been a very good December, we have been exceptionally busy. We do what we are good at, we stick to our Peruvian tapas and sharing boards, we stick to what we are good at. We are very rarely quiet.”

Lee Forshaw, operations director at The Withy Arms in Bamber Bridge and in Leyand is expecting a bumper turnout at both venues, he said: “I think it will be very busy, I think local pubs will do better than town because people don’t have to bother with taxis and transport.”

A spokesman for Evoque nightclub in Preston said: “This is our first New Year’s Eve party as Evoque and it promises to be a great night with strong advance ticket sales.

“We’ve an excellent line-up of entertainment and look forward to welcoming in 2014 with our fantastic customers.”

A newly-created walk-in welfare station which has been running over the festive period will also be open on New Year’s Eve.

The centre in the former Post Office building in Birley Street Preston is a place for revellers to seek sanctuary and is being run by the police and volunteers from the British Red Cross.