If you own a pub or a restaurant, there’s no time like the present to think about the “Next Big Thing”; that buzz and excitement that grips the nation and gets us all singing on the same hymn sheet. Last year it was the Olympics that got us jumping up and down in the lounge bars; next year it will be Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games that gives us all that big excuse to get down to our local and join the 1.5 billion spectators worldwide on the big screen.
The 20th Commonwealth Games will light up the skies in Glasgow at the opening ceremony on July 23rd 2014. That may seem a long way off, but get into the groove now and you’ll steal a march on all your local competition. The www.glasgow2014.com website is packed with information to help you create a series of themed events.
Around the World
And it all starts in just a few weeks’ time on October 9th, when Her Majesty The Queen launches the Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace. She will place her message to the athletes on a hand written scroll inside the Glasgow 2014 Baton before launching it on its 190,000km journey around the world, passing through the 71 nations and territories that are taking part in the games. Many of the 2 billion people who make up the Commonwealth will be able to participate directly or indirectly – that’s 30% of the world population. It doesn’t get much bigger than that!
When the Baton arrives in Glasgow at the Opening Ceremony 288 days later, the Queen will remove the scroll and read her message before declaring the games open. For the next 11 days, until August 3rd, 6,500 athletes from those 71 countries will compete in 17 sports from adrenaline-pumping athletics to the elegance of gymnastics – from the hushed green sward of lawn bowls to the crash and grind of boxing, wrestling and rugby sevens.
The Baton itself is a blend of 21st Century technology and traditional Scottish crafts. The handle is made from elm taken from the Isle of Cumbrae – a tribute to the country’s natural resources. It is then formed into its final shape by a social enterprise that teaches traditional Scottish skills. The exquisite lattice that houses the Queen’s scroll is made from laser-sintered titanium – in a form that reflects some of the great Scottish designers like Charles Rennie Mackintosh. An LED light will ensure that the Baton glows gently all the way round the world. As it arrives at each stop on its route, a granite “gemstone” will be released by a clever puzzle mechanism at the top of the Baton and given as a gift to each nation or territory.
So make sure your business is ready for the Games. They kick off on July 23rd next year, but before that, the Baton will travel around Wales for a week from May 24th and England for a fortnight after that. The English route is yet to be announced – so watch the papers to see if it’s coming to your town.
We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t get to mention AC Services. Truth is we have a vital role to play. If you’re counting on making the most of the Commonwealth Games in your establishment, make sure your Rational ovens are ready for the onslaught. If you’re in the South or South West of England or South Wales, give us a call and we’ll help you to make sure that, like all those athletes, your ovens are in tip top condition.