The Great and Glorious Commonwealth Games
By DiscoverGlasgowOrg, Aug 4 2014 09:49PM
Last night, we wished a fond farewell to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The eleven days of sport proved to be uplifting and inspirational, for the people of Glasgow, its welcome visitors, and the economy of Scotland. There has been this amazing buzz around the city, from fans queuing to get their photo with the Big G, eager adventurers discovering the various Clyde statues dotted around the districts, and spectators recalling the highlights of whatever sport they had been watching.
I was lucky enough to be at the dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony, two days before the actual event. Like it or loathe it, it was a hilarious and tear-jerking event, made more grounded by only some of the famous faces appearing, with their stand-ins wearing vests to let us know that they were not going to be there on the actual night. They provided a lot of banter, from the Queen’s stand-in to the numbered Flag Bearers. “Please Welcome Flag Bearer Number One!” boomed over the tannoy. A well-wisher on the crowd screamed “Go on Number One!” The hilarity continued after the event was finished, with some great banter with the many Clydesiders guiding us on the way home.
And that really summed it up; general good spirits and tongue-in-cheek banter. On the Closing Ceremony last night, Hazel Irving said something along the lines that Glasgow 2014 has allowed people to see Glasgow in a great light, and to allow us to shed the awkward stereotypes that mar our reputation in other cities and countries. That is the Glasgow I see every day. That’s why I set up DiscoverGlasgow.org. Its been here since well before the Games, and it will hopefully flourish long after (or as long as I can afford to maintain it). I have been discussing with other people some ideas to expand and collaborate on in order to push Glasgow even further, and I hope to reveal those more in the coming months.
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