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Commonwealth Games: Lulu, Kylie and fireworks as the Games bow out with fiery finish

By PA Reporters

The Commonwealth baton has been handed over to Australia after the sun finally set on 11 days of the Friendly Games in Glasgow – but not before Scotland dazzled the world once more with a fiery send-off.

As he introduced last night's stunning closing ceremony, Prince Imran of Malaysia, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation , said: "Glasgow – you were pure, dead brilliant."

Fireworks got proceedings at Hampden Park under way with a bang before Lulu sent decibel levels through the roof with her famous hit Shout.

The Glasgow-born singer told the crowds: "Isn't it great to be here tonight everybody? Tonight is all about saying thank you so I think we need some very important people to come on down here to get this party started. Welcome the athletes from Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games."

In keeping with the handover theme, Australian pop princess Kylie, later took to the stage for a blistering seven-song set.

Athletes who took part in the Games emerged from almost 700 tents dotted throughout the stadium to a thunderous Glasgow welcome from the 40,000-strong crowd.

The competition, featuring 17 different sports, saw more than 140 Commonwealth and several world records broken. England ultimately topped the medals table, with Australia, Canada and host nation Scotland following on.

Host Des Clarke described the ceremony as the "biggest party in Scotland's history".

The Games flag was lowered by two military representatives to the backdrop of Robert Burns' Ae Fond Kiss, sung by Scottish folk singer Karen Matheson, lead singer with Capercaillie.

The flag travelled down an avenue of flags representing the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before being "crowd-surfed" to the main stage by the festival crowd and folded.

The ceremony rounded off with a distinctly Scottish flavour, with Dougie Maclean performing his classic Caledonia, a song which has grown to become a common part of Scottish culture and an unofficial national anthem.

The farewell rounded off in the only way a Scottish party could – with a mass performance of Auld Lang Syne featuring all of the ceremony's performers and the thousands in the audience. A Lone Piper on the stadium's roof introduced the song, before Maclean, Lulu and Kylie joined in as the crowds crossed arms in traditional style.

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