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Preparing to celebrate; North Lanarkshire preparing to mark Glasgow 2014 countdown

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:36 GMT on Friday, July 26th, 2013.

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 Picture: Clyde the mascot; copyright of Glasgow 2014.
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AUGUST 7th will herald a day of celebration and family fun as the Commonwealth Games prepare to come to North Lanarkshire.

With excitement mounting as the nation moves towards the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, North Lanarkshire will host its very own countdown to the Games.

As the clock marks 350 days until the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on July 23rd, 2014, North Lanarkshire will mark the occasion with the ‘Commonwealth Countdown’.

The Commonwealth Countdown celebrations is part of the Games for Scotland programme managed by EventScotland and forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a lasting legacy from the Games, next year. 

Blane Dodds, the Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Leisure said the celebrations will be “amazing”, adding: “…many of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports as possible either on a come and try, competition or demonstration basis.

"It will also feature traditional Scottish and Celtic sports, such as golf, shinty and Gaelic football. Face painting, giant slides, bouncy castles, giant games, ice skating and swimming and cultural activities such a play, dance, arts and music means that there really will be something for everyone".

Activities will take place at venues throughout Coatbridge between 11am and 5pm on August 7th, 2013, with the five venues involved invluding the Time Capsule, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Coatbridge Outdoor Sports Centre (athletics track), Lochview Family Golf Centre and the new St. Ambrose High School. 
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Entry to all of the venues will be subject to a £1 access fee – except the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, which is free to enter at all times, venues being open to visitors that day between 11am and 5pm.

All the venues are within a two mile radius of each other and North Lanarkshire's' Countryside Access team are in the process of marking out health promoting 'gold, silver and bronze' walking routes between the sites, although there will be a shuttle service available for those who require it.

Summerlee and the Time Capsule, though, will be the places to be. Access to the ice and waterpark within the Time Capsule will continue until 10pm, with the ice rink rounding off the day’s celebrations with an evening ice disco. Meanwhile, Summerlee will host a 'National Play Day', which will feature a range of fun games, circus skills with the ability to explore this fascinating museum and have a ride in a tram. 

The day will also see North Lanarkshire's own Commonwealth Games Youth Legacy Ambassadors and a number of the young athletes forming this years 'Team North Lanarkshire' in attendance at the celebrations, alongside the official Glasgow 2014 mascot, ‘Clyde’, who was designed by 15-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld. 

The event is funded by EventScotland, NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Leisure with half on any proceeds generated going to support the local St. Andrews Hospice in undertaking their vital work for the community.
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