NEWCASTLE celebrated the arrival of a new year and paid a final farewell to a city icon on New Year's Eve.
Nostalgic revellers looking for one last boogie at iconic nightclub Fanny’s began arriving shortly after the doors opened at 8pm.
The crowds quickly built up after the 9pm fireworks, with celebrations in full-swing by midnight.
Owner Russell Richardson told the Newcastle Herald he planned to give the heritage-listed building a facelift before relaunching the venue, probably with a new name, to appeal to a broader market.
Mr Richardson said the New Years’ Eve event was a chance for regulars to ‘‘relive the good times they’ve had here’’.
‘‘It really is the end of an era,’’ Mr Richardson said
The club closed its doors for the final time about 3.30am as scores of Hunter revellers started 2013 with the traditional New Year’s Day headache.
Emma Murphy, 23, and Jaimmie Isaac, 24, said they wanted to spend a last night at Fanny’s.
‘‘I think a lot of people are going to miss it,’’ Ms Murphy said.