GLASGOW: A glittering closing ceremony brought the curtains down on the 20th Commonwealth Games here today with singer Kylie Minogue being one of styar performers during the gala event.
In presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and vice patron of Commonwealth Games Federation, declared the Glasgow 2014 closed as a representative of the head of the Commonwealth to mark the end of the biggest sporting extravaganza Scotland has ever hosted.
'Every four years, these Games bring the spirit of our Commonwealth alive. I called sportsmen and women from all nations and territories of the Commonwealth to come together in four years' time to celebrate the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in Australia. Until then, in the name of Commonwealth Games Federation, I proclaimed the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closed," he said.
Colourful fireworks on a cloudy Glasgow's night skyline to signal the end of 11-day competition among 4929 athletes from 71 countries and territories of the erstwhile British Empire which was opened on July 23.
More than 2,000 volunteers sang and danced to several numbers of Scottish singers in front of a packed crowd who joined the show largely of laser light and sound at the Hampden Park National Stadium at the closing ceremony produced by global specialists of such events Jack Morton Worldwide.
The athletes were ushered in at the beginning of the show and remained at the field for the entire one-and-a-half hour show, many taking part and enjoying the rock concert like atmosphere.
The Indian contingent, led by flag bearer Seema Punia, who won a silver in women's discus throw, took part in the closing ceremony, all of them wearing track suits.