Commonwealth Games 2014: Twitter reacts to Glasgow's opening ceremony

At first Twitter was taken aback by ceremony, but soon gave into its charm

After seven years of planning, the Commonwealth Games 2014 finally kicked off in Glasgow on Wednesday night, with a warm, and at times eccentric, opening ceremony.

A 40,000 strong audience watched the ceremony in Celtic Park, where the arrival of the Queen's baton marked the official start of the 11-day competition.

As head of the Commonwealth, the Queen formally opened the sporting event – the first Commonwealth Games in Scotland for over 28 years – where star athletes including Olympic medal winners Tom Daley, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah will all be competing.

As ever, Twitter users were not shy in voicing their opinions on the event, particularly regarding the vibrant opening act which saw Glasgow-born Dr Who actor John Barrowman leap from under a giant kilt, to join Chewin' The Fat comedian Karen Dunbar in singing “Welcome to Scotland”.

At first, Twitter was unsure about the performance and its tongue-in-cheek approach to Scottish history. The Loch Ness monster, Glasgow's history of ship-building, and the Forth Rail Bridge propped up on giant cans on Scotland’s favourite soft drink, Irn Bru, all featured in the act, which also celebrated great Scottish inventions.

 

But presumably after the sight of dancers dressed as Tunnock's tea cakes had sunk in, critics on the social media website changed their minds about the ceremony.

RAF Red Arrows pilot Ross Harrison was among those who took to Twitter to mark the evening as a success, after he and his team mates marked the sky above Celtic Park with red, white and blue smoke.

Video: Glasgow Games begin

A skit depicting young English couples marrying on the English and Scottish border at Gretna Green in which Barrowman kissed a veil-wearing male “bride” made Twitter particularly happy. The scene was a likely nudge to the 42 of the 52 Commonwealth members states who persecute lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex people.

But ultimately, all eyes were on 41 Scottish Terriers who ushered athletes into the stadium, each dressed in tiny jackets emblazoned with a name of one of the 71 nations and territories competing in the ‘friendly games’.

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