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Patrica Bezzoubenko of Canada competes in the Clubs Rotation of the Individual All-Around Rhythmic Gymnastics at the SSE Hydro during day two of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 25, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Patrica Bezzoubenko of Canada competes in the Clubs Rotation of the Individual All-Around Rhythmic Gymnastics at the SSE Hydro during day two of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 25, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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Michael Conlan, pictured in red, is one of nine Northern Irish boxers guaranteed at least bronze

Michael Conlan, pictured in red, is one of nine Northern Irish boxers guaranteed at least bronze

Silver medalist England's Nile Wilson, gold medalist Scotland's Daniel Purvis and bronze medalist England's Max Whitlock after the Men's Parallel Bars Final

Silver medalist England's Nile Wilson, gold medalist Scotland's Daniel Purvis and bronze medalist England's Max Whitlock after the Men's Parallel Bars Final

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Gold medallist Scott Morgan (L) of Canada celebrates with silver medallist Kevin Lytwyn of Canada after the Men's Rings Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Gold medallist Scott Morgan (L) of Canada celebrates with silver medallist Kevin Lytwyn of Canada after the Men's Rings Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Silver medalist Jazmin Sawyers of England celebrates after the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Silver medalist Jazmin Sawyers of England celebrates after the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Gold medallist Scott Morgan (L) of Canada celebrates with silver medallist Kevin Lytwyn of Canada after the Men's Rings Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Gold medallist Scott Morgan (L) of Canada celebrates with silver medallist Kevin Lytwyn of Canada after the Men's Rings Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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Northern Ireland's Paul Daly, Neil Mulholland and Neil Booth with their silver medals

Northern Ireland's Paul Daly, Neil Mulholland and Neil Booth with their silver medals

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  (L-R) Silver medalist Jack Laugher of England, gold medalist Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia and bronze medalist Oliver Dingley of England pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: (L-R) Silver medalist Jack Laugher of England, gold medalist Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia and bronze medalist Oliver Dingley of England pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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England's Jodie Williams reacts after finishing second in the Women's 200m Final. Pic Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England's Jodie Williams reacts after finishing second in the Women's 200m Final. Pic Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Class act: Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan has been very impressive in the boxing ring so far

Class act: Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan has been very impressive in the boxing ring so far

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Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland

Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland

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Winner: Nijel Amos wins gold in the Men's 800 metres final

Winner: Nijel Amos wins gold in the Men's 800 metres final

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So close: Katie Kirk reacts after failing to make the 800m final

So close: Katie Kirk reacts after failing to make the 800m final

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Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Athletes from Northern Ireland arrive during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Athletes from Northern Ireland arrive during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Singer Rod Stewart performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singer Rod Stewart performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Dancers perform with a Loch Ness Monster during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Dancers perform with a Loch Ness Monster during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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Pipers perform during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Pipers perform during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Singers Karen Dunbar (R) and John Barrowman (L) perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singers Karen Dunbar (R) and John Barrowman (L) perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Australian athletes pose for a photograph during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Australian athletes pose for a photograph during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Singer-songwriter Amy McDonald performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singer-songwriter Amy McDonald performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison of the Scottish Ballet  perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison of the Scottish Ballet perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Flag bearer and Cyclist Fatehah Mustapa of Malaysia flies the flag at half mast during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Flag bearer and Cyclist Fatehah Mustapa of Malaysia flies the flag at half mast during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singer Karen Dunbar performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singer Karen Dunbar performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Dancers perform with a Loch Ness Monster during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Dancers perform with a Loch Ness Monster during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Singers Karen Dunbar (L) and John Barrowman  perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singers Karen Dunbar (L) and John Barrowman perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  A general view during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: A general view during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the CGF and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive in their car during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the CGF and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive in their car during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  A model of the Forth Rail Bridge is seen during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: A model of the Forth Rail Bridge is seen during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Singer Susan Boyle performs Mull of Kintyre with Pianist Kennedy Aitchison during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singer Susan Boyle performs Mull of Kintyre with Pianist Kennedy Aitchison during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the CGF arrives during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the CGF arrives during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  A spectator waves the Scottish national flag during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: A spectator waves the Scottish national flag during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Billy Connolly watches the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Billy Connolly watches the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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John Barrowman performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

John Barrowman performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, as seen from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome roof, in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. RESTICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, as seen from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome roof, in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. RESTICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

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Rod Stewart performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

Rod Stewart performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Flag bearer and Judoka Euan Burton of Scotland leads the athletes of Scotland during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Flag bearer and Judoka Euan Burton of Scotland leads the athletes of Scotland during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Dancer perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Dancer perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Dancer perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Dancer perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Singers Karen Dunbar  and John Barrowman perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singers Karen Dunbar and John Barrowman perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  A general view as Flag bearer and Shot Putter Valerie Adams of New Zealand leads the athletes of New Zealand during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: A general view as Flag bearer and Shot Putter Valerie Adams of New Zealand leads the athletes of New Zealand during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  TV presenter Clare Balding interviews singer Susan Boyle during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: TV presenter Clare Balding interviews singer Susan Boyle during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  A Scottish Terrier walks with his handler as the team name bearer for Australia during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: A Scottish Terrier walks with his handler as the team name bearer for Australia during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Athletes from Fiji smile as they arrive during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Athletes from Fiji smile as they arrive during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Flag bearer and Cyclist Anna Meares of Australia during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Flag bearer and Cyclist Anna Meares of Australia during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond during a reception at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. A party atmosphere has descended on Celtic Park where the audience of 40,000 people enjoy the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games. See PA story COMMONWEALTH  Main. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond during a reception at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. A party atmosphere has descended on Celtic Park where the audience of 40,000 people enjoy the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Main. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: John Barrowman performs during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:   Young spectators  with painted faces smile during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Young spectators with painted faces smile during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: A spectator waves the Scottish national flag during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: A spectator waves the Scottish national flag during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon Barrowman (front) and Karen Dunbar perform during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Jon Barrowman (front) and Karen Dunbar perform during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Singer Susan Boyle performs Mull of Kintyre with Pianist Kennedy Aitchison during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Singer Susan Boyle performs Mull of Kintyre with Pianist Kennedy Aitchison during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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The Duke of Rothesay and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Duke of Rothesay and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Barrie Schofield, 66, from Paisley, in the stands before the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Barrie Schofield, 66, from Paisley, in the stands before the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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The Countess of Wessex arrives at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Countess of Wessex arrives at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

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John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar perform during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar perform during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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Former Swimmer Rebecca Adlington watches the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Former Swimmer Rebecca Adlington watches the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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Patrica Bezzoubenko of Canada competes in the Clubs Rotation of the Individual All-Around Rhythmic Gymnastics at the SSE Hydro during day two of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 25, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Irn Bru, Tunnock's teacakes and the Lough Ness Monster all starred in Glasgow's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in an eclectic celebration of Scotland's culture and heritage.

An audience of around 40,000 gathered at Celtic Park to witness the arrival of the Queen's baton and mark the official start of the 20th Games, with Scottish comedian Karen Dunbar welcoming the sporting nations to Scotland.

In the opening act, Glasgow-born Dr Who actor John Barrowman and Dunbar, star of the comedy sketch show Chewin' The Fat, sang "Welcome to Scotland" and took viewers on a trip round Scotland with a colourful cast and props representing places and culture.

Dressed in a purple suit, Barrowman made his entrance from beneath a giant kilt and kissed a veil-wearing male "bride" at a mock Gretna Green before being carried along on a sea of "heather".

The Loch Ness monster, Glasgow's history of ship-building and the Forth Rail Bridge all featured in the act, which also celebrated the great Scottish inventions.

The fast-moving "Kingdom of the Scots" sequence featured the firing of the One O'Clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle, a giant haggis and Tunnock's famous teacakes.

A tyre - included as a tribute to pioneer John Boyd Dunlop - was transformed into Nessie and the Standing Stones of Callanish were represented by giant slabs of shortbread.

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There was singing on top of whisky barrels and St Andrews was celebrated as the home of golf.

The cast gathered under the Forth Rail Bridge, which was supported by cans of Irn-Bru - known as Scotland's other national drink - and Barrowman finished the number standing on top of a replica of the iconic Finnieston Crane.

Dunbar sang: "It's a land of invention and culture that's true; But all that matters really; Is that Scotland's full of people just like you."

She said: "This is our home and you're all very welcome. Whoever you are, wherever you're watching, come on in and meet the people of Glasgow."

Speaking in an earlier video message on the stadium's 100-metre wide screen, Unicef ambassador Ewan McGregor told the crowd and an anticipated one billion television viewers: "I'm proud to say welcome to Scotland, welcome to Glasgow, welcome to the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games."

Glasgow 2014 organisers have teamed up with Unicef to ask viewers across the nations to donate to its Children of the Commonwealth Fund.

Glasgow singer Amy Macdonald took over the entertainment as she appeared on screen strumming her guitar in the city's George Square before appearing in the arena itself.

There were huge cheers when she was joined in her performance of Rhythm Of My Heart by Rod Stewart, for whom the song was a big hit.

Susan Boyle followed with a version of the popular tune Mull Of Kintyre, co-written by Sir Paul McCartney and originally performed by Wings.

Wearing a purple dress with tartan-patterned lapels, Boyle was accompanied by the piano before the arrival of the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and young Highland dancers.

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