Mad Friday pictured as revellers hit bars in annual pre-Christmas night out

Thousands of Brits celebrated the end of their working year tonight with a traditional boozy Christmas night out.

The annual nation-wide party has been branded Mad Friday – and sees many get well and truly into the festive spirit on the last Friday before Christmas.

The night out is one of the most popular for Christmas parties, and is also commonly the last day of work for factory and construction workers.

Given it’s one of the busiest nights out of the year, police and ambulance services have their work cut out dealing with revellers who have indulged just a little too much.

Alcohol related 999 calls typically soar, as A&E services expect a 40 percent rise in booze-fuelled injuries.

There are extra ambulance crews and police officers on duty, with some cities even setting up mobile "drunk tank" units to treat people who have had too much to drink.

Mad Friday is also sometimes known as Black Eye Friday, due to the above average number of fights that break out in bars and clubs.

In Newcastle, thousands went out to kick off the 2018 festivities – with many sporting some pretty incredible fancy dress outfits.

One group of women sported some striking Mrs Claus outfits, while another wore a Christmas jumper reading ‘Tis the season to be trolllied’.

Many towns deploy ‘Street Angels’ to patrol streets on Mad Friday – helping those in need.

In Leeds, eight ‘angels’ patrol the streets, looking after the most vulnerable people falling out of the clubs and bars.

Going out every Friday and every two Saturdays since they started in 2012, the Leeds Street Angels have helped pull a drunk out of a freezing canal, foiled robberies and stopped women being taken off by men claiming to be their partners.

Volunteers get basic medical training, know how to treat acid attacks and have been taught what to do in a terror strike by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Last year streets up and down the country were littered with revellers staggering on the arms of friends or slumped on the pavement.

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