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Team Scotland to thank public with city parade

Team Scotland will thank the public for its Glasgow 2014 support at a parade through the city next Friday.

The finale to the Commonwealth Games will begin at Kelvingrove and finish in George Square, where an expected 5,000-strong crowd is expected to greet the athletes.

Seven vehicles will transport the Games heroes along the route, with members of the public encouraged to line the path and cheer them on.

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Tickets for the George Square event on August 15 will be available through competitions run by selected newspapers and radio stations.

Team Scotland won a record 53 medals in the competition which saw gold medallists including swimmers Ross Murdoch and Dan Wallace and boxers Josh Taylor and Charlie Flynn catapulted into the hearts of the Scottish public.

Chef de mission Jon Doig said: "The athletes' parade is an exciting opportunity for Team Scotland to thank the people of Scotland for their backing throughout the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"Their support was vital, roaring on our athletes as they proudly competed for Scotland and the parade will be a fitting finale, where everyone can share in the moment and celebrate the achievements of the Games."

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games Shona Robison said: "The parade's atmosphere will be unbelievable.

"We have already seen the huge numbers of people across Scotland coming out to cheer the baton relay and this is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Scotland to once again show their support and appreciation for all of Team Scotland.

"Glasgow has delivered the best Games ever and the people help make that happen.

"It's only fitting that both athletes and the public can say a big thank you to each other."

Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said the parade would be the "perfect finale to the best-ever Games".

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