People make Glasgow…..that has been the motto of these 20th Commonwealth Games and it surely is true. There have been so many people here enjoying the festivities whether participating, volunteering or competing. True the weather has been mostly grey and overcast since our arrival on Friday but the rain stayed away on both of our visits to Hampden Park.
On Friday evening we walked the 20min to Hampden Park from our accommodation opposite the gorgeous Queens Park. We are staying in a room on the 3rd floor of a tenement building with the convenient Glad Cafe beneath us and a bus stop right out front. Our seats were on the first bend of the 400m and right in front of the girls High Jump (which we won), the girls Discus (another win) and the qualifying mens Javelin. We also saw Sally Pearson win her Hurdles and Usain Bolt briefly run his leg of the relay. Lots of action in a packed 45,000 seated stadium. We were also seated beside many Aussies including Kim Mickle and her parents who won the Javelin the day before. A great evening bathed in sunshine with the clouds clearing and the rain staying away until the morning.
It poured most of Saturday and Sunday. We went into town to catch up with my friends Willie and Noreen from the Camino. We ended up spending most of the afternoon having a long leisurely lunch and then back to their house for a cuppa and more conversation. They are such lovely people and it was a joy to catch up with them again.
We braved the showers on Sunday to stand by the side of the road to watch the cyclists wizz past in the road race. Poor athletes, as it was at times teeming down as they slid around on the city course.
In the evening we attended the spectacular Closing Ceremony in another packed Hampden Park. We were interested to see how the Gold Coast contingent would take the baton and introduce the city to the Commonwealth.
We were very impressed although it was a little hard to see from our seats in the rafters. Jessica Malboy and Kylie Minogue performed well but in truth, the real standouts of the show were the thousand of Clyde-siders flash dancing to all the songs on the night. Their joy was infectious to even us in the boondocks. A truly great show to see and in the end, the bagpipes played Auld Lang Syne. This will not be forgotten.