Commonwealth Games 2014 closing ceremony: What can we expect after dancing teacakes, Scottie dogs and the Loch Ness monster?
Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue will perform at Sunday night's show
Saturday 02 August 2014
The end of the Commonwealth Games is almost upon us and organisers are promising a “Glasgow-style” party to remember on Sunday.
But what can follow the pleasantly batty opening spectacle of dancing teacakes, Scottie dogs, giant kilts and a gay kiss?
A deep-fried Mars bar was the only stereotype missing from the well-meaning mish-mash that saw the Loch Ness monster and even Irn Bru make an appearance.
Organisers have given little away about tomorrow’s show, called “All Back to Ours”, but named Kylie Minogue as the headliner.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in the pop star’s home country and organisers said the line-up had been chosen to reflect the transfer to Australia.
Lulu and Scottish band Deacon Blue will also be performing alongside more than 2,000 volunteers.
“We are holding the party at Hampden, but it is really like we've inviting the world into our front room,” creative director David Zolkwer said.
“In many ways, I think the last 11 days of sport was the actual party. This is the bit where someone says 'we don't want this to end, let's all go back to our house and carry on'.”
He insisted that the ode to all things Scottish in the opening ceremony had been in no way influenced by Alex Salmond or the upcoming independence referendum but said the national theme would continue.
People will “party big time, and in Glasgow style”, Mr Zolkwer promised.
Organisers said the closing ceremony will use more than 160 tonnes of staging, 3,000 props and 454 flags, and expect one billion viewers to tune in from the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories in the games.
David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “Our Commonwealth athletes have been inspirational and the people of Glasgow and Scotland will give them and all our visitors a great send-off.”
Additional reporting by PA
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