Glasgow 2014: City set for end of Commonwealth Games

Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue Kylie Minogue (top left), Lulu (bottom right) and Deacon Blue (bottom left) will perform at the closing ceremony

Kylie Minogue, Lulu, Deacon Blue and more than 2,000 performers will bring the curtain down on the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later.

A crowd of 40,000 people will watch the 90-minute closing ceremony begin at 21:00 BST inside Hampden Stadium, with millions more watching on TV.

Organisers say the theme of the show is "All Back To Ours", with a narrative of a "typical night out in Glasgow".

It follows a successful Games for Team Scotland, who ended up with 53 medals.

Ceremony artistic director said David Zolkwer said the show would reflect a spontaneous "we don't want this moment to end" feel.

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Above all it'll be a great party”

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He said: "It's going to be an emotional show - a celebration of a job well done, bitter sweet, proud, inclusive, utterly and uniquely Glaswegian but still typically outward looking, generous in spirit and profoundly human. Above all it'll be a great party."

During the ceremony, Glasgow will officially pass on the host city mantle to Australia's Gold Coast for 2018.

Hampden, which hosted the athletics during the Games, will be transformed with more than 160 tonnes of staging, 3,000 props and 454 flags.

Glasgow singer Lulu will be one of the main performers.

During a 50-year career, the Scot has racked up hits with "To Sir with Love", from the film of the same name, the title song to the James Bond film, "The Man with the Golden Gun", the Eurovision Song Contest winning "Boom Bang-a-Bang" and her most famous song, "Shout".

Scottish band Deacon Blue, formed in Glasgow in the 1980s, will also take to the stage.

Josh Taylor and Charlie Flynn Boxers Josh Taylor and Charlie Flynn added two more golds to Scotland's tally on the penultimate day of the Games

The closing ceremony will see one of Scotland's most successful bands, with 12 UK top 40 singles and two number one albums, perform to their biggest ever global audience.

Others to feature include Dougie MacLean, who wrote Caledonia, and Glasgow synthpop band Prides.

Organisers also said there would be some surprise acts, but would not confirm if the show will include The Proclaimers, whose I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) has become a Games anthem at the Scottish national stadium.

But perhaps the biggest name to perform on the night will be Australian singer and actress Kylie Minogue.

The 46-year-old released her 12th studio album this year and will soon embark on a 33-date UK tour.

Her performance will represent the Games' transfer to her native Australia.

On Sunday afternoon Kylie tweeted a photograph of herself rehearsing in a plastic poncho as heavy rain showers battered Glasgow.

 Alex Marshall Bowler Alex 'Tattie' Marshall will be the flag bearer for Team Scotland
Duke of Wellington statue with light-up cone Glasgow's famous cone-wearing Duke of Wellington has special light-up head gear for the closing ceremony

Thousands of ordinary people are also expected to take part, fitting in with a major theme of the opening ceremony on 23 July of giving ordinary people a role in the Games.

Many of those taking part will be Clydesiders, some of the 15,000 volunteers who were drafted in to help athletes and spectators throughout the Games.

And carrying the flag for Team Scotland will be bowler Alex 'Tattie' Marshall, who won golds in the men's pairs and fours at Glasgow 2014, adding to his pairs golds at the 2002 and 2006 Games.

Closing ceremony parties are also being held at the Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove Bandstand live sites.

There will be music and entertainment, before the ceremony at Hampden is shown on the big screens.

The closing ceremony will mark the end of an almost seven-year journey for Glasgow that began on 9 November 2007 when the city was awarded the Games.

When the dust settles on Monday, the focus will begin to turn to what legacy the sporting extravaganza has left behind and whether it was worth the time, effort and huge amount of public money spent.


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    Comment number 135.

    Dear Glasgow, thanks to you and to Scotland for a great Games. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Ricky Ross this evening. Yours sincerely, Ms Clair Oilfield from Shetland Isles

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    Comment number 134.

    ! Oh! and there will be lots of twaddle spoken about legacy

    I'll have you know, Substainability is just as important as legacy,

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    Comment number 133.

    @121 As always, We are supposed to praise the games and the coverage. If you have any criticism, you will be moderated. Like good boys and girls, We are supposed to be beacons of praise for them.

    So praise the BBC, Glasgow, Scotland in that order and you won't have your comment deleted, as my previous comments at 115 and 30 have proved.

    The communists at the BBC must be proud of themselves...

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    Comment number 132.

    What the hell are South Africa and Mozambique doing in the "Commonwealth" Games? South Africa is a republic and Mozambique was a colony of Portugal.

    Shows you what a joke the whole thing is. Britain abandoned the "Commonwealth" when it joined the EU. The "Commonwealth" no longer exists, just like the British Empire is a thing of the past. Soon the monarchy will follow.

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    Comment number 131.

    BBC coverage disgracefully London-centric. Why did the BBC have to bus in every single personality or presenter from London? What was wrong with allowing Scottish personalities and presenters? scared you would have people complaining? After all it was in GLASGOW in SCOTLAND. Every time I switched on, it was like watching something from London!

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    Comment number 130.

    Let's keep these Games friendly and smiling right until the end (perhaps we could start by cancelling this sourpuss HYS). That is, after all, much of the point. Competitors who tried without a hope of winning were taken to heart as much as the stars. Merging the paras with the able-bodied was genius. Things didn't always go right but who cares? You moaners now have a year off before the 2015 RWC.

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    Comment number 129.

    More Golds and more medals than Australia - thank you Team England!! We need good news every now and then. Thanks Glasgow - have really enjoyed the Games.
    The BBC coverage was great, if you'd kept Athletics analysis to Michael Johnson only it would've been perfect (the others add nothing but noise).

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    Comment number 128.

    There are too many events in here that are not sports

    To be a sport needs to have skill. Swimming, running and jumping are not sports. They are just for pure athletes

    More Darts, Snooker and Archery next time please

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    Comment number 127.

    Why are there so many, This comment has been referred for further consideration. The comment i made earlier had no offence to anyone.

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    Comment number 126.

    Been a great games, we should ALL be proud, even if your not a Glaswegian. So many respectful athletes from the whole commonwealth.

    I don't understand the comparisons with the Olympics, it is such a bigger event.
    I can't understand those who are annoyed by the amount of TV the BBC gave it. 11 days, can't you people do without the regular BBC schedule for 11 days???

  • Comment number 125.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 124.

    @ 115. Fishermans_Enemy :

    You're funny. The BBC should give you a slot where you can rant like this for 5 minutes every day.

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    Comment number 123.

    @97: I think you'll find Fish is from Dalkeith, but fair enough. I've not heard anything of note from them since he left.

    Another thing that I have enjoyed about the coverage, is my young children have been able watch and appreciate the efforts of the athletes. Both of them have expressed an interest in taking up one or more of the sports they've watched, (wrestling, cycling, and athletics).

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    Comment number 122.

    Great games. Enjoyed being at the Athletics and Gymnastics. Everything done in a friendly fashion and very appreciative crowds at venues and in the Live Zones.

    Loved the four mounted policewomen outside Hampden singing directions in harmony to spectators going to Mount Florida.

    Well done Team Scotland.

    There will be lots of clinically depressed people who weren't here knocking the event. Sad

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    Comment number 121.

    The moderators are making a late surge up the medal table.
    Do hope they are from the Commonwealth.

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    Comment number 120.

    They will be talking about Glasgow (And Edinburgh but shhhh don't tell anyone Glasgow couldn't afford a diving arena ?) over the coming years & years & years........ We'll a couple of days anyway !!!! Good riddence to it all & give us our city back !!!!

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    Comment number 119.

    What's with all these "sad", "little", "petty", "miserable" accusations?

    People don't have to agree with you.

    Sorry, but, I see nothing "sadder" than watching in awe people who have spent all their lives into one physical activity.

    Have you no imagination, no intellectuality, no aspiration ?

    Get a life, get out, and do sports yourselves !!
    Stop admiring useless athletes. You're better !!!

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    Comment number 118.

    Plenty of whingers on here, get a life. Don't like something-plenty more things to watch. This will inspire some to do something, but as usual the same people always complaining are......complaining.

    What a shocker

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    Comment number 117.

    The BBC should have a dedicated Sports channel for major events such as we have had this year, it is not acceptable to take off or reschedule the entire viewing schedule to accommodate a few hundred thousand viewers per event.

    The BBC have enough spectrum to be able to do this both on satellite and terrestrial not forgetting the iPlayer and internet content.

    Leave the regular schedules alone

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    Comment number 116.

    As a Scotsman I thought Glasgow did a great job as hosts and thought the athletes brought sports fans hours of great entertainment. It was great to see Team Scotland give the fans something to shout about. Sad its all over. Hopefully the Commonwealth Games will come back soon.


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    Andy Murray, who booked his place at the ATP World Tour Finals with victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters, faces world number one Novak Djokovic in the last-eight later.

    Text 80295 09:38: Scottish Labour shake-up - Your Views

    I Smith, Largs: Why are all the 'supposed' ills of Scotland being blamed on the Labour Party? Who has been in power in Scotland for years? The SNP who can't accept they lost in the referendum.

    Sean from Edinburgh: Surely Jim Murphy will need a current MSP with a very large majority to step aside to ensure he has any chance of getting to Holyrood if recent polls are anything to go by?

    Kenny, Lanark: I think Labour will only rise again if they can show that they prioritise Scotland. For example, go a lot further for their devolution proposals, stick up for Scotland's position of being dragged out of Europe etc, instead of playing politics with the priorities of Scotland.

    09:30: Findlay's pitch

    Neil Findlay MSP said he would commit to "full employment", and said the living wage "should become the norm".

    Neil Findlay MSP

    Speaking about his bid to become leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Mr Findlay wants to focus on social care, describing it "as the biggest crisis in our country at the moment and it is being completely ignored by the Scottish Government".

    Mr Findlay described the latest polls by Ipsos Mori for STV and YouGov for The Times - which suggest the SNP could have many more MPs in Scotland than Labour after the general election, as "pretty dreadful".

    "I don't think we should pretend that they are not," added the Scottish Labour leadership contender. "That requires a political response. It requires us to have policies that people recognise, and recognise as Labour, and we are addressing their issues.

    "If we don't have that political response, then we are going to be in trouble."

    09:24: Dugdale for deputy leader?

    James Matthews, Sky News Scotland Bureau Chief, tweets: I expect @kdugdalemsp to stand for dep leadership of Scot Labour. Wouldn't be a big surprise if she was the only candidate

    09:15: Boyack's leadership bid

    Sarah Boyack will focus on "social, environmental and economic justice", should she become the leader of Scottish Labour, and will work on issues such as pay day loan companies, inequalities in housing, and fuel poverty.

    Sarah Boyack

    Ms Boyack adds: "In the debate over the next few weeks, the party members are going to be choosing who they think is the best person to lead the Labour Party and also the best political platform."

    09:07: RBS probe

    Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside £400m to cover potential costs from an investigation into alleged manipulation of the foreign exchange market.


    The provision, revealed in its third quarter results, follows Barclays' decision to set aside £500m.

    Pre-tax profit at RBS came in at £1.27bn - up £260m on the previous quarter and far better than the £634m loss in the same period last year.

    08:55: Marra won't stand

    Labour's North East Scotland MSP Jenny Marra has announced she will not stand for the deputy leader position.

    "No, I'm not standing," she told BBC Radio Scotland's Morning Call.

    "I think there are going to be six candidates in the field and I'm looking forward to supporting one of them.

    Jenny Marra

    "I'm hoping that Kezia Dugdale decides to stand for the deputy leadership. I think she has many qualities that would be of great advantage to the Labour Party and the country at large.

    "Jim Murphy is standing, as you know, for the leadership and I'm co-chairing his campaign; I think he's got great qualities to bring to that as well."

    08:52: Tributes to Sarwar

    Two MSPs in the Labour leadership contest have paid tribute to the work of Anas Sarwar, who has resigned as the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

    Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack made the comments on Good Morning Scotland, and also disagreed with a suggestion that Mr Sarwar, an MP, resigned to allow Jim Murphy MP to win the leadership contest and have a MSP as his deputy in Holyrood.

    08:50: Tune in Morning Call's Kaye Adams

    With the Labour Party currently searching for a new leader in Scotland, a new poll suggests Scottish Labour would face political annihilation if there was a general election tomorrow. Can Scottish Labour come back from the dead?

    Meanwhile, a 75-year-old woman who had £10,000 worth of jewellery stolen from her house has given £20 to the burglar who wrote her an apology letter.

    If you're a victim of crime, would you forgive the perpetrator?

    The lines are open 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

    You can listen live to the programme here.

    08:45: Why do we love a good scare?

    'In Edinburgh, it's nigh on impossible to walk down the Royal Mile without bumping into a ghost walk or a Burke & Hare tour. Our appetite for gore is seemingly insatiable.'

    Edinburgh witch tour

    The BBC's Business Reporter Elizabeth Hotson explores the lure of Edinburgh's 'dark tourism'.

    08:38: Glencoe fundraiser

    A competition to be held on indoor climbing walls on Saturday will raise money for Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team.

    mountain rescue

    The team has been trying to raise £50,000 for an extension to its base in Glencoe village to provide a new secure store for members' equipment after the team's store was broken into and kit was stolen last year.

    Up to 60 of the UK's top climbers are expected to contest the Scottish Mixed Masters competition at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven.

    08:29: Halloween - Get Involved

    Are you heading out to a Halloween party tonight? Costume sorted? Any Halloween pictures or fashion own ghouls you'd like to share?

    Tweet using #ScotlandLive, email here or text a scary tale to 80295.

    08:26: Paranormal festival

    Happy Halloween everyone.

    They are certainly getting into the spirit in Stirling as Scotland's first festival of the paranormal gets under way.

    Paranormal festival in Stirling

    The weekend event features talks and workshops on ghosts, UFOs and aliens, with academics, enthusiasts and declared sceptics taking part.

    @LadyM_McManus 08:25: Halloween pictures

    Michelle McManus tweets: Happy Halloween all.

    Michelle McManus
    08:22: Today's papers

    It is all about Labour on the front pages of today's newspapers.

    The leadership bid of Jim Murphy, the resignation of Anas Sarwar, and the STV poll predicting a General Election meltdown are amongst the key topics explored by The Herald, The Scotsman and the Scottish Daily Mail.

    The Herald and the Scotsman

    Read all the latest in our Scottish newspaper review.

    08:19: Scottish Labour shake-up

    Scottish Labour is seeking both a new leader and a new deputy leader following the resignation of Anas Sarwar.

    The Glasgow Central MP announced on Thursday evening that he was standing down from his deputy role.

    Anas Sarwar

    He is currently interim leader of the party following Johann's Lamont departure and will remain in that role until her replacement is announced.

    Contests for the leadership and deputy leadership will run concurrently.

    Mr Sarwar's resignation came after fellow MP Jim Murphy announced he was entering the leadership race against Lothian MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack.

    08:14: World Cup hopes dashed

    It was sadly not to be for Scotland's Women as they were defeated 2-0 by the Netherlands in the World Cup play-off semi-final second leg in Rotterdam.

    Scotland vs Netherlands

    Read Cheri Burns's match report on a disappointing end to the qualifying campaign for Anna Signeul's side.

    08:09: Appeal over missing botanist

    The father of a botanist from Argyll who went missing in Vietnam a year ago has appealed for anyone with any information to come forward.

    Jamie Taggart, from the Linn Botanic Gardens at Cove on the Rosneath peninsula, was on a plant hunting expedition near the border with China.

    Missing poster

    Dr Jim Taggart said it would take "very freak circumstances" for his son to be found alive.

    But he said "someone, somewhere must know something" about what happened.

    The 41-year-old retained fire fighter was travelling by himself, on hired motorbike taxis.

    08:05: Weather update BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Hello, Gillian here. Exceptionally mild this am. Cloudy, with rain in W Isles & west coast. Some brighter spells later, especially NE & Lothians. 15-18C. Rain in West will pep up and spread East this evening, so a wet spell for guisers. It clears through the early hours. 7C. Happy Halloween!

    08:03: Miliband concedes Labour faces 'challenge'

    Ed Miliband admits that Labour faces a "big challenge" in Scotland as the process of finding a new Scottish leader continues.

    He was interviewed as he prepared to appear at a Labour function in Glasgow.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband

    Mr Miliband told the BBC he would work closely with whoever was elected as Scottish Labour leader.

    During Mr Miliband's visit to Scotland, two opinion polls were published which indicated a dramatic fall in Labour's Scottish support.

    The polls, by Ipsos/Mori for STV and by YouGov for The Times, suggested the SNP could have many more MPs in Scotland than Labour after the general election.

    08:00: Welcome Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    It's Friday and the latest instalment of Scotland Live as we bring you a comprehensive round up of the latest news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.



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