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Games opening ceremony: what audience at Celtic Park thought

Crowds leaving the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games have described it as a "fantastic" spectacle with an "electric atmosphere".

Around 40,000 spectators were inside Celtic Park for the event, which marked the official start of Glasgow 2014.

Among those delighted to have been in the arena was Mark Payne, 35, and his son Gareth, 12.

Mr Payne, originally from South Africa but living in Manchester, said: "That was very, very good. The music really put a great atmosphere on the place.

"The music, the colour, the clapping, the cheering.

"It was loud, it was a party. When Scotland came out the place went crazy - that was enjoyable to watch."

Jim and Ellen Brown, from Motherwell, had more reason than most to be cheering during the event as their daughter Caroline was in the Team Scotland squad on parade as she will compete in the lawn bowls.

Mr Brown said: "It was brilliant, we thoroughly enjoyed it. When the Scotland team came out, it was very emotional - there was a wee tear in the eye.

"It's very, very exciting - it's brought a great buzz and there was quite an electric atmosphere tonight. Everyone's going to have a ball at the Games and the weather's being good to us as well."

Jennifer Kennedy, from Troon, South Ayrshire, said: "I thought it was fantastic. It was Scotland, it was simple but it was fun.

"The Scottie dogs were a hit - sometimes the simplest things work the best."

Tuhi Waitford, 47, from Bo'ness in central Scotland but who was born in New Zealand, said: "It was a great atmosphere, I thought it was brilliant, it was a good time.

"It surpassed expectation, I got to see the Queen which was just great.

"I thought they got the mixture just right - it was Scottish but not twee."

Henrietta Docherty, 56, also from Bo'ness, said: "It was fantastic, really good. I felt really proud, especially when the Queen and the baton came in."

Katy Andrews, 32, from Ayrshire, said: "I thought it was really well put together. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it to be that good.

"It's put Glasgow in a brilliant light. The place just exploded when Scotland came out - it was tremendous."

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