Black Eye Friday proved tongue-thing special for this reveller - who stuck hers out while doing the splits against a tree.

She was one of thousands across Britain who got pie-eyed on the annual knees up.

In Blackpool, a sozzled Santa is slumped in a doorway, while a Christmas turkey struggles to walk in Manchester.

Some people were crackers enough to go out in the cold wrapped in very little at all as two women don red dresses and Santa hats in Cardiff.

Elsewhere, one group of lads in Leeds are the picture of knit-mas as they wear matching suits covered in snowflakes and Christmas trees.

We are expected to sink around 150 million pints over the weekend.

Revellers in fancy dress on Swansea's Wind Street
A Grinch poses in Cardiff

And the traditionally messy start of Yuletide fun - also known as Mad Friday - was no silent night for paramedics as some overdid the festive cheer.

And as government cuts leave emergency services overstretched it falls to Street Angels to patrol the streets and help stricken revellers - including a woman who had cut herself falling down the stairs of a club and a man who had been hit by a car.

He said: “People are f***ing mad tonight.”

This girl's antics stumped onlookers in Newcastle
A group of women enjoy a night out in Cardiff

He added: “Plus it costs the NHS £450 to call an ambulance.

“If we can stop ambulances being called we are helping save cash.”

Street Angels volunteers ease the strain on the NHS on one of the busiest nights of the year for drink-related injuries.

There are over 130 Street Angels projects in the UK, part of the Christian Nightlife Initiative founded by Paul and Jean Blakey.

Volunteers are first-aiders and partner with door staff, local authorities and NHS to create a “safety network”, staying in touch via radio.

This stuffed and sozzled turkey was spotted in Manchester

Volunteer Stuart Robertshaw, 54, one of the eight on patrol in Leeds, West Yorks, told our reporter: “For me I have a 26-year-old daughter so I would hope someone would be looking out for her.”

As the Sunday Mirror join them for their shift at 9.30pm, Paul, 45, tells us: “It gets crazy as you have all sorts of people coming out tonight.

“We deal more with vulnerability and incidents that police wouldn’t want to spend time involved in.

“In any town or city centre when it’s busy we’re part of a family helping the emergency services cope with the cuts.”

The wacky tree trio donned festive suits in Leeds

“They save lives,” says bouncer Francisco Gomez, 26, at Brooklyn Bar.

Groups of partygoers huddle together outside one club, downing shop bought booze while pals scream: “Chug, chug, chug.”

People are slumped over, unable to make their way home, some vomiting.

A woman using a phone box to hold her up shouts at one hapless team to “f*** off” when they try to assist her into a taxi.

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But after encouraging her to drink water and calm down they safely get her home.

Chief Inspector Lorna McEwan, of Leeds British Transport Police, said: “The Angels really help us.

“They will deal with the people that don’t need urgent attention so it saves us dealing with them and doesn't waste our resources."

A chilly night as these girls go coat-less in Cardiff

But it wasn’t all festive fun.

A male police officer was knocked unconscious and his female colleague dragged to the floor and stamped on as they tried to break up a boozy brawl in Manchester.

The revellers fled from the scene and no arrests have been made.

And back in Leeds a woman spits in the face of a doorman after being refused entry and one lad picks up a metal barrier and throws it at police.

Santa Floors has come to town in Blackpool
Two young men in Christmas onesies in Wind Street, Swansea

He shouts: “Happy f***ing Christmas, you filthy animals.”

Anti spiking drinking caps are passed around in an effort to deter the use of any date rape drugs.

By 3.30am the streets are quiet and the team decides to call it a night.

Paul says: “We do the job to get a thank you. We do this job to make a difference.”