DELL and other business tenants of City Park in Glasgow's east end have hosted a special event marking 50 days until the Commonwealth Games kick off.

The computer giant, which is the official IT hardware and solutions supplier to Glasgow 2014, was joined by fellow Games sponsor Aggreko and other organisations in welcoming VIPs and politicians to last night's celebration. Designed to toast the regeneration of the city's east end, the party was also attended by former employees of D&HO Wills, which owned the Wills Tobacco Factory, now home to City Park. The event celebrated its transformation from derelict factory into grade-A offices employing 2000 staff.

Games tickets, merchandise and a spin bike donated by a local gym were handed out in competitions, and entertainment was provided by choirs from two local schools.

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Mark White of Dell Scotland said: "Businesses in the east end don't realise companies such as Dell and Action for Children occupy City Park as it's still known as the tobacco factory. Last night's event saw the people of Glasgow come together to celebrate 50 days to go to the Games and what it means to the east end."

Among those in attendance were Aggreko's Tracy Wilkinson, City Park building manager John Mullen, Dell's Yvonne Stewart and Adam Galloway of Glasgow 2014.

Picture: Colin Mearns