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Glasgow Games mascot Clyde to form city trail

Twenty-five life-size statues will form Clyde's Trail in Glasgow. Picture: Complimentary

Twenty-five life-size statues will form Clyde's Trail in Glasgow. Picture: Complimentary

COLOURFUL statues of Clyde the Commonwealth Games mascot will appear across Glasgow this weekend ahead of the opening ceremony on July 23.

Twenty-five life-size statues will be installed at locations across the city as part of Clyde’s Trail.

People will be able to spot the cartoon thistle at the Riverside Museum and Victoria Park, and on Sauchiehall Street and Aikenhead Road.

He will also make an appearance at Central Station, Queen Street Station and Buchanan Street Bus Station.

The fibreglass models will show the mascot in a variety of outfits inspired by Glasgow landmarks including the River Clyde and the Hydro.

Earlier this year, nursery school children and pupils from city primaries and secondary schools were invited to submit designs which were then produced by local and national artists.

People are being asked to share their photographs and “selfies” with Clyde on social media networks using the hashtag ClydesTrail.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “Clyde’s Trail represents the wonderfully creative minds of children and young people across Glasgow and reflects the many things that make Glasgow a great city.

“It’s a fun opportunity for everyone - residents, visitors and spectators - to be part of the Games and we want people to get involved by sharing their pictures with Clyde at each point on the trail on social media.”

Clyde was designed by schoolgirl Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld who won a Blue Peter competition.

Since he was unveiled as the face of the Games he has met thousands of schoolchildren, encouraging them to get involved in sport. He has also met the Duchess of Cambridge and Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Clyde’s Trail can be viewed by visiting www.peoplemakeglasgow.com/clydestrail.

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