Banners unveiled as city dresses up for occasion

THE first colourful banners to celebrate the look of the Commonwealth Games have been unveiled George Square.

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With less than three months until the Games' opening ceremony, a major programme of activity to dress up Glasgow has begun.

City bosses want to make Glasgow look welcoming for thousands of visitors coming to Scotland's ­largest ever sporting and cultural event.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "This is the year of Glasgow and the eyes of the world are on our city like never before.

"The Commonwealth Games will provide an unprecedented opportunity to showcase our sporting, cultural and event credentials to a global audience and position Glasgow as a world-class destination.

"Glasgow City Council is committed to delivering the best ever Commonwealth Games in a city that looks fantastic.

"The dressing of the city not only demonstrates our Commonwealth countdown is really gathering pace; it is central to building excitement, delivering a welcome that people will never forget and ensuring Glasgow looks its absolute best for the largest party the city has ever hosted."

Led by Glasgow City Council, the city's look is geared at creating a vibrant, fun and inspiring environment for the duration of the Games from July 23 to August 3.

The programme will be rolled out across Glasgow in the coming weeks, ­including at the city's main transport hubs and key spectator travel routes to the competition venues.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive, David Grevemberg, added: "Glasgow is getting ready to host the biggest celebration of sport and culture ever seen in Scotland and the unveiling of the city's look is another exciting step as momentum builds towards the Games.

"Every day tens of thousands of people will see these banners, which are a great way to reinforce how proud the city and country are to host the XX Commonwealth Games.

"It's a reminder that in less than three months, with the eyes of the world on Glasgow, we will be ready to deliver an unforgettable Games."

catriona.stewart@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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