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Clyde's back in town!

Thistle-stop tour of Glasgow to mark first anniversary of the Commonwealth Games​

To celebrate the first anniversary of the XX Commonwealth Games, 22 life-size statues of Games mascot Clyde make a welcome return to popular Glasgow venues, creating a colourful Clyde trail across the city.

During last year’s Commonwealth Games local residents and visitors alike fell in love with the thistle mascot, designed by 12 year old Beth Gilmour, from Cumbernauld, as Clyde-fever swept the nation.

Now, this summer, Glasgow Life is offering Clyde explorers the opportunity to follow a specially designed trail across the city; visiting cultural hubs including the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Commonwealth Games venues such as Emirates Arena to find the loveable thistle, with the chance of securing goodies for themselves and their families.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau said: “It may be a year since Glasgow hosted what is widely regarded as the best ever Commonwealth Games, but the positive effects of the Games and the cultural programmes they helped to create continue to enhance communities across the city.

“I’m delighted that we are able to welcome Clyde back to Glasgow as we celebrate the one year anniversary, enabling us to place a permanent reminder of the Commonwealth Games in to every council ward in the city.

“I would urge all young Glaswegians, and visitors to this fantastic city, to have a go at the Clyde Trail Challenge and visit some of the world class cultural and sporting venues Glasgow has to offer along the way.”

Each of the 22 fibreglass Clydes that make up the city-wide trail started life as a blank sculpture. Taking inspiration from the city itself, the Clyde statues were designed and decorated by local school children - with support from Wild in Art using local and national artists –to reflect iconic Glasgow landmarks, architecture and people, such as the River Clyde, Riverside Museum and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 

Four of the Clyde statues will take up permanent residence at the familiar Commonwealth Games venues of Hampden Stadium, Emirates Arena, Tollcross International Swimming Centre and Scotstoun Sport Campus. 

Iconic cultural venues of Glasgow City Chambers, Kelvingrove, Tramway and Pollok Civic Realm will also house a statue, alongside Hillhead, Partick, Baillieston, Cardonald and Pollokshaws Libraries. 

Glasgow Club Castlemilk, Bellahouston, Donald Dewar, Maryhill, and Springburn as well as The Bridge in Easterhouse, Milton Community Campus, Toryglen Regional Football Centre and Whitehill Pool complete the list of venues for the Clyde Trail. 

To support young people to follow the Clyde Trail, an interactive Clyde Explorer pack will be available to download from large-scale printed maps available for free from any of Glasgow’s 32 community libraries, as well as the landmark Mitchell Library. 

The first 100 people to discover the location of five Clyde statues and correctly record the answers to the associated Clyde Explorer activities online will be rewarded with a goody bag, plus opportunities to secure tickets to exciting Glasgow family events such as the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and Glasgow on Ice. 

A further 200 people will also be entered in to the draw to win a Clyde Explorer goody bag, and every participant will receive an official Clyde Trail Challenge certificate. Hints and tips to help families solve the collaborating Clyde Trail puzzles will be posted on the Young Glasgow Facebook page throughout the challenge.

Clyde Explorers are also being asked to share photographs and ‘selfies’ with Clyde on social media, using the hashtag #ClydeExplorer

The Clyde Trail forms part of Glasgow City Council’s commitment to ensuring that the Commonwealth Games leave a lasting legacy across the city. Other planned activities across the city to commemorate the anniversary of the Games include a series of free sports days for young people.

The Anniversary Games will take place in five of the venues used during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with a further six held in local sports centres in other parts of the city including Glasgow Club Crownpoint – the new home of the running track used at Hampden Park during the Games - on Thursday, 23rd July. The completely free events will give young people the chance to try out a variety of the Commonwealth Games disciplines. 

The Clyde Trail Challenge launches on Thursday, 23rd July. For more information, please visit:

The Anniversary Games run from Thursday, 23rd July – Sunday, 2nd August. For further details, and to find out more about the different sports on offer across the city, please visit: 

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