Pupils of the Glasgow 2014 journey
- 29 July 2014
- From the section Scotland
Back in 2007, pupils at a secondary school in Glasgow's East End were about to be catapulted into the spotlight.
As the minutes counted down to whether or not Glasgow would win the right to hold the Commonwealth Games, pupils at St Mungo's Academy in Bridgeton welcomed a BBC reporter into their midst.
They were growing up in an area, which had some of the worst statistics in Western Europe for child poverty, crime and drug abuse.
But these pupils represented the East End's new generation, who could be in line to benefit from promises of jobs, homes and new opportunities - if the Games came to Glasgow.
Sean and Hayley
Sean Bell was St Mungo's head boy at the time. Now aged 23 and working for Network Rail, he says he remembers the school having a "great buzz about it".
His fiancee, Hayley Millar, 22, was also interviewed by the reporter.
"There were Saltires all around the school and everyone really was excited about the announcement and we felt a huge part of the bid," says Sean.
"I can remember watching the coverage back at Hayley's mum's that night as they had taped it.
"It's great to look back on the old times even if we both look slightly cringe-worthy.
"Now we live together in the Belvidere village near the Athletes' athletes Village in Dalmarnock.
"We have seen many changes in the area, since we moved into our house in November 2012.
"We have seen the East End have a complete face lift - great sporting facilities, while shops and houses have been given a makeover.
"Neither of us took up a particular sport as a result of the games being awarded but we actually did happen to take up a more active lifestyle and lost a lot of weight.
"I took up running and we both began to use the fantastic facilities around Glasgow. Hayley is a Glasgow Club member using the facilities that the athletes are using to compete.
"The Games are creating a great buzz around the city.
"Hayley went to the Opening Ceremony and I'll be attending some other events.
"I do believe there will be a lasting legacy for Glasgow.
"I would like to think that this major event can be used as a kick start for Scotland to become a fairer, better country - a country were the kids from deprived areas such as the East End of Glasgow have the same opportunities as those better off to get involved in sport and physical activity."
Katrina was 13 when the success of Glasgow's Games bid was announced. Now aged 20, she says it was "one of my most memorable days" from her school life.
"I remember the buzz around the school, everyone had a smile on their faces, there were no bad moods or arguments just such a fantastic atmosphere that consumed everyone," she says.
"We were all young and excited for our future and excited for what these games would do for our city. What a proud day to be Glaswegian.
"However, as I've grown up and watched the changes that have come to the city, I see that this buzz and excitement for the Games is completely gone for our citizens.
"No-one can deny that the Commonwealth Games is a good thing for Glasgow.
"But in the planning of bringing the Games to Glasgow it feels as though the people of Glasgow - who live here day-in, day-out, putting money into their city and making it function - have not been taken into consideration.
"I am now on a managers programme in a supermarket, so I get to hear countless numbers of Glasgow citizens opinions on the Games and how it is affecting their everyday life.
"People who cannot park their cars outside their own homes. People who have to leave hours early to travel to work and have to wait hours on public transport to return back from work.
"Another disappointing factor that upsets me about the Games is that youth projects have been asked to identify the most deprived families to then give them two free tickets.
"Brilliant, what a nice gesture. But what will this do to improve the life of a child living in poverty?
"Why are they not in the community doing workshops and programmes to get these poor kids involved in sports, encourage them to do something better with their life?
"Although I am proud to be a Glaswegian and I am happy at the amount of tourism the Games has brought and I am proud at the fact we have an opportunity to show off our beautiful city, I feel disappointed and let down by the Games and wish I still had the same excitement as my 13-year-old self."
Andrew, 22, now works part-time at a kitchenware store and will be starting a PhD in History this October.
He remembers his fifth-year class having to be calmed down before the interview.
"I was sitting next to my friend Neil and I remember just nodding in agreement to what he had said to the interviewer - that overall we deserved the games," he says.
"The successful Games bid made me work a bit harder at athletics while I was at school and I ran for the club Shettleston Harriers until I left in sixth year.
"Living near the city centre the most visible change for me has been all the great artwork painted on the buildings.
"A few of mates from school have worked across different venues including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and The Olympia Theatre building.
"I was lucky enough to be an intern on a museum exhibition that has now opened as part of the Commonwealth Glasgow 2014 cultural programme.
"The exhibition, How Glasgow flourished 1714-1837, is free entry at the Kelvingrove museum.
"So for me and a couple of my school friends, it has had a positive impact overall.
"The feeling in the city created by visitors from around the Commonwealth and volunteers is enjoyable. I'll be going see the badminton."