Commonwealth Day was celebrated in style Monday 10 March. Commonwealth and Olympic swimming star, and Glasgow 2014 ambassador, Michael Jamieson, and Clyde, the Official 2014 Mascot kicked off the Commonwealth Day celebrations by sporting their trainers at Hillhead Primary School and encouraging the youngsters to show their support for the Games by also wearing their trainers.
Michael then joined Glasgow 2014 Chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin, Charles Villoz, Vice President of Longines, Glasgow 2014’s Official Timekeeper and Watch and Games Partners to formally switch on the Longines Glasgow 2014 Clock at the city’s Central Train Station and officially mark the countdown to the Opening Ceremony.
Situated above the destination board at the station, the prestigious new Longines clock will be seen by hundreds and thousands of commuters and visitors in the lead-up to the Games in July.
Glasgow 2014 Chairman, Lord Smith of Kelvin, KT, said: “The switching on of the Countdown Clock is a fitting marker of this important milestone for Glasgow 2014 and we are delighted to be sharing it with such an excellent global brand as Longines, which underlines perfectly the world-class appeal of the Games.
“This is our year and our chance for Glasgow and Scotland to shine on the global stage. The clock is now officially ticking down to the moment we have all been working towards since the bid was accepted in 2007”.
Charles Villoz, Vice President of Longines, added: “Longines is very proud to be the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of Glasgow 2014. Together with Glasgow 2014, we share common values such as tradition and performance. We are happy to bring our timekeeping expertise to the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in Scotland. We are looking forward to the thrilling and emotional action-packed moments that we are sure to experience this summer.”