Tens of thousands turn out for Scotland's biggest fireworks display

Fireworks over The People's Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow Green, Scotland, (Nov 5) to mark Guy Faulkes night in Scotland.
Bang on: The fireworks display at Glasgow Green was the biggest in Scotland.SWNS

Thousands gathered to watch Scotland's biggest public fireworks display in Glasgow, which had a sporting theme in honour of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Rockets lit up Glasgow Green to the sound of Eye Of The Tiger from the hit film Rocky III and the signature tune from the award-winning Chariots Of Fire.

Organisers said around 50,000 people turned out for the 20-minute spectacular on Tuesday evening.

The crowd was addressed by Commonwealth baton bearers gymnast Cara Kennedy, triple-jumper Morgan McKinnon and swimmer Ruairi Kirkwood.

The trio, who helped the baton on its journey from Buckingham Palace on October 9, urged people to nominate someone to share the honour and carry the baton on its return to Scotland next June.

Nine-year-old David McConnell, a pupil at Mount Florida Primary School, said it was the "best night of his life" as he helped Lord Provost Sadie Docherty set off the display of around 3000 fireworks.

Ms Docherty said: "Glasgow Fireworks is a joyous occasion which always brightens the sky and the faces of the many thousands who come to enjoy the spectacle.

"Glasgow is a world-class sporting city and our reputation owes a great deal to the thousands of unsung sporting heroes who work at grassroots level across our communities."

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: "In June and July next year the Queen's Baton will travel throughout Scotland, sharing the excitement of the countdown to the Commonwealth Games with communities across the nation.

"Being a baton bearer for this momentous occasion offers a unique chance for people across the whole of the country to be involved in and engage with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"It's important that as many people as possible feel part of this special moment and we are asking everyone across Scotland to nominate the people in their streets, villages, towns or cities they would like to see honoured as baton bearers."

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