Clyde, the cheeky thistle who has become the fun face of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, celebrated his first birthday today following a packed year of visits the length and breadth of Scotland.
Since being unveiled to the public in September last year, Glasgow 2014's Official Mascot has visited over 600,000 Scots, from Dumfries to Orkney, engaging with young people and exciting them about the fact the Games are coming to Glasgow next summer.
It’s estimated that the mascot has visited more than 600,000 Scots over the past 12 months. Clyde has sped down the river to unveil the Queen’s Baton, rubbed shoulders with the Duchess of Cambridge, Harper Macleod’s Head of Corporate Donald Munro and Olympians boxer Nicola Adams and diver Tom Daley.
Clyde was designed by 13-year-old schoolgirl Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld who won a UK-wide Blue Peter competition and there's no doubt he'll be even busier as the countdown to the biggest multi-sport and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted continues.
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said: "Clyde has had an incredible first year as Official Games Mascot. Young people have played such an important role in the Games so far and Beth's design truly sums up what we want these Games to be - friendly, fun, engaging and accessible. I can think of nobody better than the cheeky and charming personality of Clyde to continue to build excitement for the Games around Scotland as next summer draws nearer."
Beth Gilmour said: "I still have to pinch myself when I think about the incredible experiences I’ve had in the past year with Clyde, from meeting someone like Duchess of Cambridge to amazing athletes like Tom Daley and Rebecca Adlington. It's amazing to think that from a drawing I made at home, there's now a cheeky big mascot that has been seen by so many people across Scotland and the Commonwealth. I can't wait to see what else he gets up to before Glasgow 2014 and hope lots more people get the chance to meet him before and during the Games."
Clyde has become something of a favourite within Harper Macleod, his adventures around the office and beyond being captured for posterity by our cameras. Any pictures of Clyde in action, the unlikelier the better, are always welcome.