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July 24, 2014

Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Rod leads the way

posted by Mike Walton

Last night the spotlight was firmly fixed on Glasgow as the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony championed the best of Scottish talent.

Leading the way was Rod who took to the stage at the city’s Celtic Park after versatile performer John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar kicked proceedings off with a song penned especially for the event.

Bishopbriggs singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald alongside hundreds of ordinary Glasgow citizens to performed a version of Rod's classic song Rhythm of My Heart then dressed in a shimmering silver suit Rod joined them on stage and also launched into the 1991 hit.

He made a second appearance onstage later that night to perform Can’t Stop Me Now shortly before The Queen announced The Games open.

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Susan Boyle was also on hand to perform at the event, performing a version of Wings hit Mull Of Kintyre ahead of The Queen’s arrival.

Her Majesty was greeted by rapturous applause as she spoke of the ‘shared ideals and ambitions’ of the Commonwealth during her speech to officially open the Games.

Her Majesty highlighted the ‘bonds that unite’ the 71 nations and territories when she formally declared the 20th Commonwealth Games open,

In an address directed at all of the athletes competing in the Games, she made special reference to the young people of the Commonwealth, saying they are entrusted with its values and future

The message, which was kept secret until last night has circled the globe over the last nine months, since the Queen placed the paper inside the baton which then visited all 71 locations.

The Glasgow spectacle had a peak audience of 9.4 million - exceeding the number who watched the last time the Games were staged in the UK in 2002, when 8.9 million tuned in at the height of the Manchester opening.

Rod later posted an image of himself with no trousers on in front of the Celtic trophy cabinet following the evening's celebrations

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