Kelvin Hall is turned into hub for 50,000 workers

ONE of Glasgow's historic entertainment centres is about to be transformed into a Commonwealth games hub.

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  • Jennifer Carroll Lynch and Rebecca Morton help out at the Uniform and Accreditation Centre at the Kelvin Hall, which will store uniforms and be used as a hub for collections
    Jennifer Carroll Lynch and Rebecca Morton help out at the Uniform and Accreditation Centre at the Kelvin Hall, which will store uniforms and be used as a hub for collections
  • Jennifer Carroll Lynch and Rebecca Morton help out at the Uniform and Accreditation Centre at the Kelvin Hall, which will store uniforms and be used as a hub for collections
  • Jennifer Carroll Lynch and Rebecca Morton help out at the Uniform and Accreditation Centre at the Kelvin Hall, which will store uniforms and be used as a hub for collections
  • Jennifer Carroll Lynch and Rebecca Morton help out at the Uniform and Accreditation Centre at the Kelvin Hall, which will store uniforms and be used as a hub for collections
  • Jennifer Carroll Lynch and Rebecca Morton help out at the Uniform and Accreditation Centre at the Kelvin Hall, which will store uniforms and be used as a hub for collections

As excitement about the sporting extravaganza mounts, it was revealed Kelvin Hall has been transformed into a uniform and accreditation centre (UAC)where 50,000 Games workers will go between now and July to collect their kit and ID tags.

Arriving at the famous B listed landmark, the workforce will take another step closer to the reality of the Games as they collect their uniforms and/or their ­accreditation for Games time when they become part of the biggest sporting and cultural event in the country.

To mark the occasion the newly-formed 'Clyde-sider Chorus', a choir which is made up of Glasgow 2014 volunteers, raised the roof when it gave its first live performance and welcomed people to the UAC.

And, Clyde the Official Glasgow 2014 Mascot took the opportunity to show off his own uniform.

More than 100 Clyde-siders form the backbone of the UAC operation, dealing with around 500 people per day for their uniforms, and up to 2000 per day for accreditation on busy days.

Glasgow 2014 chief exec­utive David Grevemberg said: "With the Games only weeks away, this is an incredibly proud moment for us as staff, contractors and volunteers coming together as the workforce which will form team Glasgow 2014. We will all look forward to delivering an unforgettable Games this summer.

"The Clyde-siders in ­particular, though, will be the smiling friendly faces of the Games."

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said: "With only a couple of months to go until the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, all the preparations are now coming to fruition.

"It is fitting that Kelvin Hall, which hosted so many memorable sporting events over the years, will now play a key role in Glasgow's greatest ever celebration of sport."

Meanwhile, the hunt continues for people to meet and greet visitors to the Games.

So far, more than 1300 have signed up to become Host City Volunteers during the sporting extravaganza. As well as welcoming visitors, they will be on hand to assist the thousands of ­people new to the city.

While the Glasgow2014 Clyde-siders will be based at Games venues, the Host City Volunteers will be based at city hotspots and cultural areas. Previous experience is not needed, just a smile and a positive attitude.

The roles are open to ­anyone over 16 who lives, works, studies or volunteers in Glasgow.

They need to be able to commit to a minimum of four shifts, working up to five hours per shift, bet­ween July 23 and August 3.

The deadline is May 30 and to register online go to www.glasgowlife.org.uk/communities/host-city-volunteering

vivienne.nicoll@eveningtimes.co.uk

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