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Glasgow preparing for 2014 Commonwealth Games handover ceremony

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Months of anticipation, preparation and hard work are coming to fruition for the 346 volunteer Cast Members who will take part in the eight minute creative performance for the Delhi 2010 Flag Handover Ceremony. Cast Members are currently being put through their paces at Bootcamp style rehearsals at secret locations in Glasgow. The Cast Members have come from all over Scotland to proudly represent their country at the Flag Handaver Ceremony segment of the Dehli 2010 Closing Ceremony an Thursday October 14. Each volunteer has spent months preparing for what will truly be a once in a lifetime experience.

The top secret Bootcamp involves physically demanding dance and drill practice sessions with giant props, including a 30-metre long replica of the Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as The Armadillo. This requires almost military style precision levels of discipline to handle the giant prop and is all part of the cast member preparations as they get ready to showcase Scotland's proud heritage and culture to an expected global audience of one billion. While the performance itself remains under wraps, it promises to be truly un ique with Cast Members coming from all over Scotland many of whom will have had no previous performance experience!

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said: "We deliberately developed on innovative recruitment model that would ensure that people from a range of communities and diverse backgrounds from all over Scotland would have the opportunity of a lifetime to proudly represent Scotland. After the Handover Ceremony, cast members will become Ambassadors for the Games in their community, and will be involved with the Games for the next four years, leaving a positive and direct legacy that is Scotland-wide."

The cast will arrive in Delhi on October 12, fwo days ahead of the performance which will see the Commonwealth Games Federation Flag will be handed to Glasgow's lord Provost, Bob Winter during the ceremony as Glasgow officially takes up the role as the next Host City of The 20th Commonwealth Games.

Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games said: "I have had a sneak preview of the work all the Cast Members have put into the performance for the Delhi 2010 Flag Handover Ceremony and its hard not to be impressed. Given the scale of the task these volunteers have undertaken, the sheer hard work, commitment and utter dedication they have brought to this project has been really quite inspirational."

"It will be a Handover Ceremony like no other. Not only are the team working hard to create a performance that will live long in the memory, they are also creating a real and lasting legacy. We have people from the heart of every community from all over the country taking part who will go on to act as ambassadors for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"It will be an experience that will live with each and everyone of them for the rest of their lives. The eyes of the world will be on them as they showcase the very best our country has to offer, with their performance set to be watched by a stadium audience of 65,000 and an estimated global TV audience of around 1 billion. Glasgow and Scotland can be very proud of all those taking part and we wish them well as they prepare to take centre stage at the Games."

The 8-minute performance for the Delhi 2010 Closing Ceremony has been created by Unspun, the internationally renowned creative team who have delivered multiple prestigious Olympic, Para Olympic and Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Project managed by Glasgow Life on behalf of the Glasgow 2014, volunteers were from education, sports, arts and volunteering networks. The Delhi 2010 Flag Handover Ceremony will be performed in front of 60,000 spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The Closing Ceremony will be broadcast from 2.30pm with The Flog Hondover Ceremony segment expected to begin around 3.30pm. Celebrations are being being held in the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow and in all towns and cities across the whole of Scotland to celebrate this momentous occasion when Glasgow becomes the proud Host City of the 20th Commonwealth Games in 2014.