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Glasgow 2014

The Delhi 2010 Flag Handover Ceremony

The Delhi 2010 Flag Handover to Glasgow 2014 is Glasgow’s moment in the spotlight that marks the momentous occasion as Glasgow becomes the next Host City of the Commonwealth Games.

Welcome by Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, John Scott

The Flag Handover Ceremony marks a very important moment for Glasgow 2014, as the responsibility for the guardianship of the Commonwealth Games is passed for safekeeping into our hands. Glasgow is proud to have been given the honour of hosting the Commonwealth Games. As one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant cities and these qualities shine through in the diversity and passion of its people and for this reason we have placed people at the heart of our performance.

We will introduce you to 352 people who have come from the length and breadth of Scotland. They come from all walks of life, represent all ages and many have little or no performance experience.

The internationally renowned, world class, Creative Team, Unspun developed the eight minute creative concept for the Ceremony and they have put our Cast Members through their paces.

Unspun have worked on some of the finest Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The actual Handover of the Commonwealth Games Federation Flag will be presented to the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter who will proudly receive on behalf of Glasgow.

Our Ceremony will then begin giving life to familiar Scottish symbols whilst placing them firmly within contemporary Glasgow as our Cast Members perform a series of mass-choreographed pieces.

The journey ends in the heart of the city, on the banks of the River Clyde, in front of the Clyde Auditorium, a building that has quickly come to epitomise modern Glasgow and is affectionately known as the ‘Armadillo’.

As our cast leave the Field of Play you will see a moment of whimsy, reinforcing the fun and playfulness that is very much part of the Scottish character.

I hope that you enjoy the performance and I look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow in 2014.

John Scott
Chief Executive
Glasgow 2014
The Lord Provost of Glasgow who will receive the Commonwealth Games Federation Flag.

14th October 2010 is a proud and exciting day in the history of Glasgow. This day marks our city’s acceptance of the Commonwealth Games Flag and makes our dream of hosting the Commonwealth Games a reality. The chance to showcase what we can do on a global stage is a thrilling opportunity for Glasgow. I look forward to seeing the impact that the Flag Handover Ceremony will have in creating a memorable performance for everyone.

Councillor Bob Winter
Lord Provost of Glasgow
The Creative Team – Unspun

The Internationally renowned, Creative Team, Unspun, developed the creative concept for the Delhi 2010 Flag Handover Ceremony.


The ethos at Unspun is one which is narrative-led creative executions tell a story, take an audience on a journey and get across a message in a way that is immediately understandable and that leaves a lasting impression. Unspun brings together the best creative talent in the industry to create astonishing and creative solutions. They have had the privilege of working on many high-profile projects during their careers including Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games bids, campaigns and events.

Introducing the Cast Members

An innovative recruitment model was developed that would ensure that people from communities and diverse backgrounds from all over Scotland would have the opportunity of a lifetime, to proudly represent Scotland at the Delhi 2010 Flag Handover Ceremony creating a once in a lifetime opportunity and guaranteeing ambassadors in the heart of every community, touching many lives across Scotland and inviting them to celebrate Glasgow as the next Host City of the Commonwealth Games.

Our Cast Members