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The team developed a creative performance that would involve people of all levelsÂ of dance and performance experience and showcase the best of Scotland. AÂ modern take on a proud Scottish heritage was highly visible in the form of tartan,Â kilts, bagpipes and the Loch Ness monster, all of whom made an appearance inÂ the mass choreographed piece. Iconic architecture of Glasgow was theÂ centrepiece to the performance, in the form of a 30m long replica of one ofÂ Glasgow's famous buildings, the Clyde Auditorium - known by most as theÂ "Armadillo".
In keeping with Glasgow 2014's personal approach, the two characters central toÂ the cast were not celebrities, but two young Scots whose passion is playing theÂ bagpipes. The cast who they led are from every corner of Scotland, from allÂ backgrounds and from all walks of life - apprentice electricians, full timeÂ volunteers, teachers, students and office workers, all of whom will be given theÂ opportunity to become formal Ambassadors for Glasgow 2014.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said:Â "This has been the most incredible journey for Glasgow 2014 and the wholeÂ process has been based on the people of Scotland and therefore has a veryÂ personal touch to it. We went out and sought to involve as many people asÂ possible from a wide variety of backgrounds - from sports volunteers to danceÂ teachers to students - and offered them this amazing opportunity.
"I have great pride in the cast and crew who have all worked so hard over the lastÂ few months to put on this stylish performance on a world stage, all of whomÂ personally wanted to invite the whole Commonwealth to Glasgow in four yearsÂ time."
Robert Winter, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, said:Â "I am immensely proud to have played a role in bringing the CommonwealthÂ Games to Glasgow. The Flag Handover was a fantastic spectacle and I hope allÂ the people at home who saw it on television enjoyed it as much as I did.
"Now that Delhi 2010 has finished, the focus will very much be on Glasgow 2014.Â We are already well on our way to making the most of what is a once in aÂ generation opportunity to transform Glasgow socially, economically andÂ environmentally."
First Minister Alex Salmond said:Â "I am proud to have been here to represent Scotland on this momentous occasion.Â It is marvellous that the passing of the baton to Glasgow as the next Host City of theÂ Commonwealth Games is being celebrated both in Delhi and at the many eventsÂ marking the Handover across Scotland.
"Over the past two weeks Scotland's athletes have been fantastic ambassadors forÂ their country in their quest for Commonwealth success and this breathtaking finaleÂ is a truly fitting tribute to their efforts and the conclusion of the Games.
"The marvellous performance staged tonight by the cast brought a unique ScottishÂ flair to this very special occasion. Scotland is already excited about hosting theÂ Games in 2014 and the Handover Ceremony showed the world how spectacularÂ this event will be by showcasing our country's spirit and our greatest asset, ourÂ people."
Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, Michael Cavanagh, said:Â "As the final week of the Games in Delhi have gone on, Team Scotland's thoughtsÂ have increasingly turned to the handover of the flag and the next Games inÂ Glasgow in 2014.
"Our athletes have watched with interest how the home crowds here in Delhi haveÂ spurred the Indian team on to some inspired performances and they know what aÂ huge advantage this will be to them when they are the home team in Glasgow.Â "We look forward to being the host Commonwealth Games Association for theÂ next Games and welcoming our fellow athletes and officials to Scotland in fourÂ years time."
Sara Donaldson, Strategy Director for Unspun, said:Â "Every Handover Ceremony strives to bring to life its city's unique personality. ForÂ Glasgow 2014, our creative approach was very much centred around involving realÂ people and from the outset we wanted to put genuine Scots from every corner of theÂ country at the heart of our piece.
"It has been a real challenge, but today we have managed to do just that. We are allÂ delighted with the performance, and believe that this has shown how personal, stylishÂ and proud Glasgow is as a city."
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