It’s safe to say that Glasgow set the bar high in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, putting on a competition to remember.
Hampden Park was the venue as the curtain officially came down on the Games, with the closing ceremony the perfect party to round off such a fantastic festival of sport.
Glasgow 2014 promised a thrilling climax via Twitter, and they certainly delivered:
First up was Scottish singer Lulu, who performed her 1964 hit “Shout” to get the crowd rocking, though the focus was away from her singing vocals for the duration.
Known for her various accents, the 65-year-old put on a unique blend of American and Scottish before her performance, but it’s nothing that The Scotsman’s Martyn McLaughlin hadn’t heard during rehearsals:
To those wondering what accent Lulu will be using - it's a lottery. I've counted at least five during rehearsals #Glasgow2014— Martyn McLaughlin (@MartynMcL) August 3, 2014
NBC’s David Wyllie was one of many that commented on the peculiar dialect that Lulu adopted, having previously hoped that her Scottish roots would have shone through:
Lulu is celebrating the Commonwealth Games by talking like she's not even from here. #Glasgow2014— David Wyllie (@journodave) August 3, 2014
Performances from local bands Deacon Blue and Prides followed—both of whom verbalised the Scottish accent perfectly.
Then came the official passover ceremony between Glasgow and 2018 Commonwealth Games hosts Gold Coast.
As Glasgow 2014 revealed, this meant the passing over of the Commonwealth Games flag, officially ending the Scottish city’s time as hosts:
Australia then showed us what to expect in 2018, with some stunning performances and visuals to get Commonwealth enthusiasts excited.
This included several speeches from those that just needed to say “Glasgow” to get an ovation, and a special musical performance from Jessica Mauboy.
It seemed to have the Hampden Park audiences thrilled, but Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges wasn’t so impressed, using Happy Gilmore to make his views known:
However, even Bridges will have been impressed by Kylie Minogue’s performance, after the singer closed Australia’s part of the ceremony with a fabulous set.
Singing hits “Spinning Around,” “All the Lovers,” Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Locomotion” among others, Kylie produced the performance of the night—inspiring BBC presenter Manish Bhasin:
Though the Scottish crowd were all waiting for The Proclaimers to come out and really start the party, they sadly never came.
Instead, the responsibility of closing the show fell into Dougie MacLean’s hands, who performed the patriotic and emotional “Caledonia” beautifully, per Glasgow 2014:
Though the closing ceremony will have its critics, there’s no denying just how special a Commonwealth Games Glasgow treated us to.
The clouds will be swapped for sunshine in four years’ time in Australia, yet if the Gold Coast take a leaf out of Glasgow’s books, it will be another fantastic Games.