Commonwealth mascot is named for the Clyde

24 Sep 2012

Clyde, the patriotic and adventurous thistle who will be the friendly face of the Games, made a dramatic entrance to the promotion of Glasgow 2014.

He was unveiled to the world at BBC Scotland's HQ in Glasgow last week, located, of course, on the banks on the world-famous river that inspired his name.

He was welcomed on stage by Olympic swimming stars Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamieson. Along with 150 school pupils from across the city they heard for the first time Clyde's magical story - as told by actor, comedian and Glasgow 2014 Ambassador Billy Connolly, who narrated an animated film which premiered at the launch.
This was also an extraordinary day for Clyde's creator, 12-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld. Beth won a UK-wide competition, from over 4000 entries, to design the Glasgow 2014 Mascot. On top of her art and design talents, she swims for Cumbernauld Swimming Club, and was delighted to join her swimming heroes on stage at the launch event.

Clyde was welcomed on stage by Olympic swimming stars Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamieson.

Along with 150 school pupils from across the city they heard for the first time Clyde's magical story - as told by actor, comedian and Glasgow 2014 Ambassador Billy Connolly, who narrated an animated film which premiered at the launch.

This was also an extraordinary day for Clyde's creator, 12-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld. Beth won a UK-wide competition, from over 4000 entries, to design the Glasgow 2014 Mascot.

On top of her art and design talents, she swims for Cumbernauld Swimming Club, and was delighted to join her swimming heroes on stage at the launch event.

 

Source: Glasgow 2014