Belfast Telegraph

Kylie among stars of Games ceremony

The curtain has come down on an incredible 11 days of Commonwealth Games sporting action in a glittering, star-filled closing ceremony featuring Kylie Minogue and Lulu.

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

Organisers had just 18 hours to transform the arena from the setting for Glasgow 2014's track and field events into the city's very own "Commonwealth festival", with two specially-designed stages inspired by the iconic Barrowland Ballroom.

In keeping with the festival theme, the 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.

Lulu told the crowds: "Isn't it great to be here tonight everybody? Tonight is all about saying than 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."

Glasgow legends Deacon Blue, who formed in the city in 1985 and went on to become one of its most famous and successful bands, paid tribute to them with a rendition of their anthem, Dignity.

Local synth-pop trio Prides introduced the Games volunteers - known as Clyde-siders - and performed their song Messiah.

Glasgow handed the Commonwealth Games Federation flag back and it was entrusted into the care of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, until 2018.

Pop icon Kylie, then took to the stage to begin a blistering seven-song set.

The pop princess, one of Australia's best-known figures around the world, began with Spinning Around.

The show, called All Back To Ours, is described as reflecting a typical night out in the Scottish city and volunteer performers were involved in telling a love story as Kylie sang some of her most well-known hits.

Australian and Scottish culture merged when her second song, Into The Blue, was set to a backdrop of people dancing to popular ceilidh dance the Gay Gordons, as the love story continued to unfold.

She performed Love At First Sight, All The Lovers and 80s classic The Locomotion - which got Hampden Park rocking, including Prime Minister David Cameron, First Minister Alex Salmond and the Earl of Wessex, who were all on their feet.

Kylie told the crowd before performing her penultimate hit Beautiful: "So much beautiful energy here tonight. I admire your commitment, your passion so much and I'm so grateful to be here. Thank you so much."

Smash hit Can't Get You Out Of My Head got performers, athletes, city staff and volunteers fully into the party atmosphere as her set came to an end.

The ceremony rounded off 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 ended 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 Dougie, Lulu and Kylie joined in as the crowds crossed arms in traditional style.


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