Glasgow 2014: Red Road flats demolition dropped from opening

  • 14 April 2014
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Chris Mclaughlin reports from Glasgow

Commonwealth Games organisers have dropped the demolition of the famous Red Road flats from the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony.

Five of the blocks were to be brought down at the start of the Games in July.

The plan was controversial and more than 17,000 people signed a petition against it.

Glasgow 2014 said opinions being expressed about "safety and security" meant the destruction of the flats would not now feature in the opening.

Police Scotland said that because of these concerns the security director for the Games asked the chairman of the Glasgow 2014 board to reconsider the plan.

The 30-storey structures were built in the mid 1960s and the original eight tower blocks housed more than 4,000 people. The demolitions will now be rescheduled.

Monday marks 100 days until the start of the Games.