Glasgow’s golden games proved more than
friendly or about people – they brought out the best in both the athletes, all
those involved in the years of planning and in the spirit of the Clydesiders,
who smiled their hello welcomes and gave up their time to make the games such a
thanked all those involved and all those thousands of volunteers. Scotland showed
its generosity with over 5m raised for UNICEF. Sport brings us together and ignores both
political and religious divides.
The Hampden Park was decked out in colourful tents
and flags for the closing ceremony party.
Scottish songsmith and soul singer Lulu gave her well kent “Shout” to
start the party off. Deacon Blue followed with “Dignity” as those services who
worked for the games entered the stadium.
of Kelvin spoke of the successful games and thanked all involved. He said that Glasgow would never
forget the Games. HRH Prince Imran gave the David Dickson award to
gymnast from Wales,
Frankie Jones, was honoured with Athlete of the Games for her inspiring others.
When he mentioned Team Scotland
there was a truly long Hampden roar! And
he said that Glasgow
was “Pure dead brilliant!”
Commonwealth Games flag was passed on the Australian Goldcoast as Gaelic singer
Karen Matheson sang the haunting farewell Burns song “Ae Fond Kiss”. The
Goldcoast is a stark contrast with surfing and golden beaches – I am certain a
fun place for wonderful holiday trips. After which Australian Kylie Minogue performed
a colourful set of her hit songs with her dancers.
The weather may
not always be perfect here in Scotland
but peoples’ hearts are true. We have a rich and varied heritage and when
Dougie MacLean sang "Caledonia" the
voices of the packed crowd rang around the stadium as hearts swelled with warm
heartfelt pride in the beauty and possibilities of our country. Dougie always
encourages everyone to sing along, which for me is what music is all about.
..or used to be anyway. The ceremony closed of course with Dougie, Kylie, Lulu
and the athletes and crowd singing Auld Lang Syne.
As we left
the stadium the catering staff were all dancing and singing too. Glasgow loves a party! .
And do the
Games leave a legacy? They were an inspiration to see the young people reach
their goals after years of hard work.
Sometimes Glasgow sits in Edinburgh’s
shadow so it was wonderful to see the city on the world stage give us such proud
games. “Haste Ye Back” as Glasgow said good bye
Thanks to Glasgow for the most
successful games yet!
I was a little concerned that those
of us who support Scottish independence were told to keep quiet during the
games. So I took my YES badge off....What about free speech and all?
UK Defence minister Michael Fallon
insisted the red arrows flew red, white and blue over Glasgow's opening ceremony - even though
as a good will gesture the arrows flew Scotland's blue and white colours when
the Queen visited for the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.
Quote Ian Bell Scottish Sunday
Herald. "For forms sake we should keep score.
The Red Arrows lie; the Tollcross incident (lady with a yes flag asked to
leave); the two-faced flags with Union Jack on one side Saltire on the other;
that bit of censorship on Glasgow Green (no yes badges); those acts of petty
propaganda and small minded authoritarianism cant' be pinned on Yes
campaigners. Only two of the four can be traced to Games organisers and their
terms and conditions.
Flags don't matter
much to me but this sort of thing could make me change my mind. The contrast
with the 2012 Olympics remains entertaining still. Which unionist politician
didn't use those games to spread the gospel of Better Together at every
opportunity and assail anyone who dared to disagree? Then as now , they were
referendum in September hung over the event people seemed surprised that Scotland
cheered the English athletes. It can be
hard for Scotland's voice to
be heard and the media is controlled in London. We have kept our own Law, church and
education since the Union, which was not
popular then. Scotland is a much older country than the UK. It is important that Scotland
works for the best interest of those who live here .