The balloons made terrific farty noises as we released them in a vain attempt to interrupt Dong's multi-key renditions of Wild Rover and Me and Bobby McGee. As I think about it, I have vague memories of joining in on Me and Bobby McGee, actually.
The midnight hour came, more or less as expected considering that time tends not to stand still (even in Millbrook, although it might occasionally feel that way); the shambolic mumbling of Rabbie Burns' anthem managed to achieve a fairly respectable volume.
Things wrapped up as people slithered off in the general direction of "home" or "bed" and suddenly it was 2009...
Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a terrific night for Mrs The Millbrooker and me - we enjoyed ourselves hugely.
A very Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us here in Millbrook - have a good one.