It is one of the busiest nights of the year.

The last Friday before Christmas, Black Eye Friday earned the moniker due to a surge in booze-fuelled trouble as workers celebrate breaking up for the festive period.

In other places its known as Mad Friday and Fighting Friday.

Pubs, bars and clubs are expected to be packed out as city centre workers transform into festive revellers and celebrate Christmas with their friends and colleagues.

We are reporting live from Newcastle city centre as the partying gets under way.

We have live updates below.

Updates on busy 'Black Eye Friday'

It is one of the busiest nights of the year.

The last Friday before Christmas, Black Eye Friday earned the moniker due to a surge in booze-fuelled trouble as workers celebrate breaking up for the festive period.

In other places its known as Mad Friday and Fighting Friday.

Pubs, bars and clubs are expected to be packed out as city centre workers transform into festive revellers and celebrate Christmas with their friends and colleagues.