LiveGlasgow 2014 opening ceremony as it happened

Summary

  1. The Queen declares the 20th Games open after a colourful ceremony
  2. 4,500 athletes from 71 nations/territories paraded into the stadium
  3. Huge roar greeted Scotland's team into Celtic Park stadium
  4. Sporting action begins at 08:45 BST on Thursday

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By Mike Henson

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And finally here's Prince Imran, the Commonwealth Games Federation president, attempting to retrieve the message from the baton to then present to the Queen.

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...Firstly it's the Scotland team walking in to the stadium to a phenomenal roar.

For now though it is time to retire for the evening.

Sweet dreams. I hope that the image of John Barrowman emerging from beneath a giant kilt stays safely locked in the subconscious, but it's time to leave you with two abiding images from an action-packed night...

Sir Chris Hoy

Six-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport cycling expert

On trying to open the relay baton, tweets: "Blimey, that was like trying to solve a Rubik's cube! #phew."

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport's Commonwealth Games reporter

"The ceremony wasn't always going to be everyone's taste, but I think the organisers this evening will be very happy."

bbc-coverageBBC coverage on Thursday

06:00-01:00: BBC Radio 5 live

09:00-13:00, 13:45-18:00 & 19:00-22:00: BBC One

09:00-22:00: BBC Three

13:00-13:45, 18:00-19:00 & 22:00-22:30: BBC Two

22:40-23:40: Tonight At The Games, BBC One

23:40-23:55: Sports News, BBC One

Hannah Miley and Michael Jamieson will be going for gold in the pool for Scotland, an England team pursuit will have Sir Bradley Wiggins chugging along at the front of the train and doubtless other heros will seize their moment of glory.

You'll be able to see them all on BBC television, radio and websites.

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Scotland rugby international Gavin Hastings: "I hope all the athletes who came into the stadium tonight use it as inspiration."

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport at the opening ceremony in Glasgow

"The Glaswegian sky is lit up by pyrotechnics. Add some confetti, Primal Scream and a traffic cone on top of a monument (Ed, i've no idea) and you have the end to a rollicking opening ceremony and the start of what is likely to be a memorable 10 days."

Gold medals to be won on Thursday

Cycling - track (men's team pursuit and team sprint, women's 500m time trial and Para-sport sprint B tandem)

Gymnastics (rhythmic team event)

Judo (men's -60kg and -66kg, women's -48kg, -52kg and -57kg)

Swimming (men's 400m free, 200m breast and Para-sport 100m S9 free, women's 200m free, 400m medley and 4x100m free relay)

Triathlon (men's and women's races)

Weightlifting (women's 48kg, men's 56kg)

Most importantly, cue sport.

The first action of the 2014 Commonwealth Games comes at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls club in less than nine hours away when Scotland take on India at 08:45 BST.

Decathlete Daley Thompson on BBC One: "I am so feeling the love. No matter what happens, Scotland have already won. I am so looking forward to the action now."

John Murray

BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the opening ceremony in Glasgow

"On an evening that has not been short of humour, in a way it was quite fitting that the Prince Imran couldn't get the baton open!"

The Queen plays tribute to Glasgow and declares the Games open.

Cue pyro. Cue Primal Scream's Movin on Up. Cue ticker tape, Cue laser show.

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Uh-oh.

Prince Imran has one last job. Open up the baton and hand the Queen her speech script. It is not happening.

He wrestles with the top of like a weak-wristed pensioner dealing with a recalcitrant jam jar. Finally Sir Chris Hoy comes forward and shows him it is a matter of brain, rather than brawn. The Queen looked like she was offering a bit of advice as well as finally the top is off and the script is delivered to cheers!

Sir Chris Hoy sprints up the step and delivers the baton to the Queen.

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Prince Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, is from Malaysia but his accent is straight from the home counties.

He announces the Queen's baton's arrival back into stadium. It is carried by a Jamaican schoolgirl called Jenica, passed to a group of volunteers who work in Scottish sport and them on to Sir Chris Hoy, via the 97-year-old great uncle who inspired a young Chris to get into sport.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, is a man who barely needs a microphone.

He finishes at maximum decibels and registering high on the rhetoric scale.

"We're gathered. In this stadium and in front of television screens across the city and throughout the world. Our time has come. Glasgow 2014. Bring it on."

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond calls the crowd and athletes together to observe a minute's silence in memory of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 crashed in the Ukraine on 17 July.

Sir Chris Hoy

Six-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport cycling expert

Sir Chris Hoy

Six-time Olympic cycling champion, with actor and fellow Scot James McAvoy, tweets: What an atmosphere!! Just amazing!

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport at the opening ceremony in Glasgow

Aimee Lewis

A spectacular sight as thousands of mobile phones light up like glowworms in the night sky. A fun and frolicking curtain-raiser for what should be a fabulous fortnight.

Comedian Billy Connolly reminds the crowd via a video message that this is the first Commonwealth Games since the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

He recounts how Mandela was awarded the the Freedom of the City by Glasgow in 1981 while he was still in prison on Robben Island. In 1986 Glasgow renamed St George's Place - the street on which the South African consulate-general was based - after Mandela.

The 1986 Commonwealth games, held in Edinburgh, were boycotted by 32 African, Asian and Caribbean nations over apartheid and the British government's refusal to impose sanctions on South Africa.

Right, down to more serious business.

The Commonwealth flag is brought out by athletes representing each of the regions involved in the Games.

Swimming legend Ian Thorpe is there for Oceania, squash queen Nicol David is doing the duties for Asia, while Kenya's double Olympic champion Kip Keino is carrying the banner for Africa.

Rebecca Adlington

Four-time Olympic medallist and BBC Sport swimming expert tweets

Amazing Opening Ceremony @Glasgow2014 - emotional, fun, inspiring, energetic, colourful & brilliant! Going to be a great couple of weeks.

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport at the opening ceremony in Glasgow

"Middle-aged men, pensioners, spry twenty somethings are all on their feet dancing to the Shamen. And then they sit down once Rod appears. They'll return to their feet soon, they're probably just waiting for We are Sailing. Gavin Hastings, smiling widely, is on his feet however, capturing the moment with his camera. Soak it all in, Gav."

Fireworks punch the sky and Rod Stewart has slipped his handlers, sneaking back on stage for another number.

A couple of Canada athletes clap along, Team Scotland nod gently, no indication of what Botswana make of the show.

It is "new material" as well.

Huw Edwards

BBC News presenter on BBC One:

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"I love the way they have come in and been taken aback by the welcome, the noise, the ovation. Yes they are the host nation but it is still something to come in to a stadium like this. I love the sense of pride. It is not just about the city of Glasgow but about the nation of Scotland and where it sees its place in the world."

BBC Radio 5 live

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Former Scotland rugby international Gavin Hastings: "The Scottish athletes have been blown away and I'm sure this moment will live with them for the rest of their lives. They will feel very lucky to have been part of this, and I don't think they will be struggling for motivation after this."

Clare Balding

BBC Sport presenter

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The BBC Sport presenter tweets: What a roar from the crowd as Scotland come into the stadium.

Ones to watch: Scotland

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Scotland's poster boy Michael Jamieson will be expected to turn Olympic 200m breaststroke silver into gold in Glasgow when he competes on the opening night of the Games.

Britain had Ennis at London 2012, Scotland have Eilidh Child at Glasgow 2014. The 400m hurdler carries her nations track hopes on her shoulders as she looks to improve on Commonwealth silver in 2010.

Katie Archibald will lead the Scottish cycling challenge in Glasgow. Archibald, who was part of the British team that won the World team pursuit gold earlier this year, has set herself quite a challenge by competing in the 3,000m individual pursuit, points and scratch races on the track and the time trial and road race on the road.

John Murray

BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the opening ceremony in Glasgow

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"The Scottish athletes are punching the air to a fantastic reception as they walk into the stadium. There are tears in the eyes of some competitors and it's a moment of huge pride for them."

Scotland's flag bearer

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It's a proud moment for Edinburgh judoka Euan Burton as he brandishes the Saltire at Celtic Park.

The 35-year-old multiple world and European medal-winner has confessed to watching videos on the internet of Sir Chris Hoy wielding the standard at the London Olympics in an attempt to hone his technique.

That said it takes a brave man to adopt the one-handed approach of the feted cyclist...

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Scotland wait until the last of the Welsh athletes clear off the Celtic Park surface before they stroll out into into a storm of tickertape. Controversial pastel tartan kilts and shawls are all proudly displayed.

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport at the opening ceremony in Glasgow

The Welsh team walks in and the music being played is Push the Feeling On by Nightcrawlers?! Madness. Scotland - we gave you Tom Jones!

Huw Edwards

BBC News presenter on BBC One:

"I feel this is a very big moment tonight. I know there is a bigger cheer to come but I'm feeling good about Welsh prospects here at Glasgow."

Ones to watch: Wales

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Welsh cyclist Elinor Barker has already tasted gold in 2014 as part of the Great Britain side that won gold in team pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships in February and the 19-year-old is a a big medal hope for her country in Glasgow.

As is swimmer Jazz Carlin, who will be chasing three in the women's freestyle at 200m, 400m and 800m. She is bidding to be the first gold medal-winning Welsh female swimmer in 40 years.

Current world number one flyweight Andrew Selby is a huge medal prospect for Wales. He may have missed out on a medal at London 2012, but he has the class to put that right in Glasgow.

Wales' flag bearer

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This is quite a moment for Frankie Jones, given that the Welsh flag bearer had to learn to walk again after undergoing hip surgery following the London Olympics.

That, in part, has contributed to the rhythmic gymnast's decision to retire after Glasgow at the age of just 23 but she will leave the sport with plenty of memories. This is her third Commonwealth Games for Wales, having finished 12th overall in Melbourne in 2006, then won silver in Delhi four years later in the hoop discipline.

Not bad for someone who was born and raised in Northamptonshire but qualifies through her family ties to Neath.

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Wales are looking pretty slick. Smart suits with classy patriotic red touches.

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport at the opening ceremony in Glasgow

"The rows next to me have woken from their mid-parade slumber now the European regions are walking in. The gentleman who gave out a big old yawn not five minutes ago is now moving his head from side to side to some Technotronic. Another gentleman, in tartan trousers, is watching the Maltese team's arrival through a pair of binoculars. The Scottish team should prepare to be hit by a wall of sound."

Ones to watch: Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland's medal hopes are led by 2010 light-flyweight boxing champion Paddy Barnes, who also won bronze medals at both the Beijing and London Olympics and opted to stay amateur in order to defend his Commonwealth crown in Glasgow.

David Calvert is making a record 10th appearance in the Games, having first competed in in Edmonton in 1978. He is Northern Ireland's most successful competitor with four gold and four bronze medals in the Full Bore Rifle singles and pairs events.

Pole vaulter Zoe Brown comes into these Games in red-hot form having recently broken the Northern Irish record. Her clearance of 4.45m is the second best by a Commonwealth Games competitor this year.

Hazel Irvine

BBC Sport presenter on BBC One:

"It has been a great week for Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy wins the Claret Jug at the Open and they have brought their biggest team ever here to Glasgow."

Northern Ireland's flag bearer

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The man parading the Northern Ireland flag is cyclist Martyn Irvine. The 29-year-old from Newtownards won gold in the scratch race at last year's World Track Championships and a bronze in the team pursuit at the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Irvine is expected to take part in four events in Glasgow but he clearly did not expect the honour, saying: "There are a lot of other athletes in the team with bigger CVs."

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Northern Ireland are out. Green blazers, murky chinos and some big aviator shades for some. Strong.

Guernsey emerge to Aphex Twin's Window Licker. Small team, big tune.

Athletes from three British Isles crown dependencies are making a rare sporting appearance in their own colours. Shooters Steve Le Couilliard and Tim Kneale are carrying the flags of Jersey and Isle of Man respectively, while squash player Chris Simpson is the man leading Guernsey around Celtic Park.

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Hazel Irvine

BBC Sport presenter on BBC One:

"Some very familiar names from London 2012 in the England team, still going strong, like Nicola Adams, David Weir, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, the list goes on and on. Sir Bradley will be back on the track for the first time since Beijing."

John Murray

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Don't you think England would have been better with pinstripes and bowler hats? I think I could have come up with a better uniform idea in two minutes."

Games Moments: Daley's perfect 10

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We have trawled the video archives and throughout Glasgow 2014 will recall some of the moments from the history of the Commonwealth Games that rocked the world.

At the 2010 Games in Delhi England's Tom Daley scored seven perfect 10s on his way to a diving gold.

The 16-year-old went on to win the 10m platform title in Delhi with a narrow victory over Australian Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham to add to his earlier gold in the 10m synchro. Two years later, Daley took bronze in the Olympic 10m final at London 2012.

Ones to watch: England

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The Tour de France's loss is the Commonwealth Games' gain as Bradley Wiggins returns to track cycling in the men's team pursuit along with the likes of Ed Clancy and Steven Burke, who won gold at London 2012.

For a long time it looked as though Glasgow would be deprived of the chance to see Mo Farah in action, but the double Olympic champion is in Scotland and raring to go. Farah is aiming to become the first person ever to achieve the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the European and World Championships, along with the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

England's hopes in the diving are led by Olympic medallist Tom Daley, who will be hoping to make a metaphorical splash in the men's 10m platform and synchronised 10m platform.

England's flag bearer

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The man wafting the Cross of St George is three-time world squash champion Nick Matthew.

A double gold-medal winner at Delhi the Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago, the 33-year-old was voted for by his England team-mates.

The Sheffield native is the second Yorkshire athlete to carry the flag after Karen Briggs, a judoka from Hull, did so in the Auckland Games 24 years ago.

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England come out and they got a hearty cheer from the Glasgow crowd. Extraordinary times indeed.

Last up is Europe, with Cyprus the first out in some blue and orange trackkies.