74% of Brits to sing Auld Lang Syne at New Year

About 46 million people in Britain plan on seeing in the New Year by singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, according to a new poll.

The Sun reported that this means about 74 per cent of the population will recite the tune, which is made up of a Robert Poem set to a traditional folk song and is widely known around the world.

According to the survey, carried out by the makers of new romantic comedy ‘New Year’s Eve’, Brits will spend £1.5 billion in total on Saturday night (December 31st), which suggests event spaces around the country stand to do well commercially.

While about three quarters of revellers will be singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ when 12 o’clock hits, it seems almost as many intend on continuing the party after midnight, with 70 per cent predicted to stay up past 01:00.

However, when the Scottish poem is sung by event attendees, it seems many of the words may not be correctly said, as the poll found that 74 per cent of adults do not know the lyrics, reported the Press Association.

It showed that 60 per cent of respondents do not know what the song’s title means, while 85 per cent were not sure of what the overall meaning of the poem. Roughly translated, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ signifies ‘times gone by’.