Glasgow 2014: City set for end of Commonwealth Games

  • 3 August 2014
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Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue
Image caption 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.

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.

Image caption 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.

Image caption Bowler Alex 'Tattie' Marshall will be the flag bearer for Team Scotland
Image caption 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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