•Lulu and Deacon Blue help close ceremony as Games are handed over to 2018 hosts Gold Coast in Australia
•Pop goddess Kylie Mingoue also performed at event in Glasgow and sang a number of hits
•Athletes who took part in Games emerge from almost 700 tents dotted throughout Hampden Park stadium
•Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin praises athletes who ‘gave it their all’ and says: ‘Thank you’
It was billed as ‘All Back To Ours’ – a closing ceremony that owed its theme to the Glasgow tradition of extending a good night out at someone’s house after closing time.
Well, you know you’ve had a good night out when you end up getting Kylie Minogue back to your flat.
She probably wouldn’t get the luxury of singing seven interrupted songs in a row at an after-hours Glasgow tenement party but she was afforded that privilege at Hampden, Scotland’s most
iconic sporting venue, as the city celebrated a memorable 11-day sporting festival and passed the Commonwealth Games baton over to the 2018 hosts, the Gold Coast in Kylie’s native Australia.
In doing so, Scotland’s biggest city closed its Glasgow 2014 experience on a typically inclusive and outgoing nature as the city basked in the glory of what Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper had earlier termed the ‘standout Games in the movement’s history’.
Okay, he might say that to all his party hosts but he will surely find agreement among a sizeable chunk of the thousands of athletes and the people who bought more than 1.2million tickets to the sporting action, as well as millions more television viewers.
Scottish sport has never witnessed anything like these Games and the bulk of the Hampden crowd were not just celebrating the successful staging of the Games but a Team Scotland performance that shattered all records, provided stories that touched the heart and success that prompted tears of joy among athletes and spectators alike.
Glasgow 2014 organisers had consistently promised an athlete-centred Games and the stars of the show were involved right from the start, bursting out of tents to the strains of Lulu, who even showed signs of rediscovering her Glasgow accent for the occasion.
Thankfully the earlier torrential rain had subsided, or many might have been tempted to remain under cover.
The sporting stars remained at the heart of the action, but the ceremony continued with a musical thank-you to the thousands of volunteers – the so-called Clyde-siders – and city workers whose work behind the scenes allowed the Games to be such a success.