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This week the city of Glasgow marked one year until they are to host the Commonwealth Games with a day of celebration hosted by Sir Chris Hoy. The event included a cycling challenge head up by the six times Olympic gold medallist.

The city now begins a twelve month countdown to the start of the games that will Commonwealth nations compete for gold. The year-long programme will include cultural events such as dance, music and comedy. Also included in the countdown programme is the Queen's Baton Relay which will see a relay baton run from Buckingham Palace at the start of October, via 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and then on to Glasgow where the message will be delivered.

The previous games held in Delhi saw a number of leading athletes decline to participate amid concerns about accommodations and facilities. It is hoped that Glasgow will see a return from some of the world's sporting greats.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and has long been recognised as a major economic centre outside London. The past decades have seen the city emerge from its image as an industrial centre to be renowned for its cultural excellence. The city was a European City of Culture in 1990 as well as a City of Architecture and Design. It is no surprise that visitor numbers to the Glasgow have grown in recent years and the city is one of the key destinations for tourists travelling outside the capital.

Glasgow is highly regarded as a leading shopping destination and those keen to flex their consumer muscle will find the city centre the ultimate opportunity. The main streets, Argyle Street, Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Street form the backbone of the city's High Street and designer shopping offering.

Those looking for more cultural pursuits will enjoy the city's reputation for stunning architecture with the influence of former resident, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, clearly demonstrated throughout the centre and beyond.

Glasgow Cathedral stands tall in the city with its gothic architecture and it's just one of many examples that can be enjoyed when exploring Glasgow by foot.

Amongst the historical buildings and bountiful supply of green parks, has seen an explosion in pretty bars, bistros and cafes that have arrived as part of the city's rejuvenation. Its nightlife is also highly regarded among those who prefer to enjoy the city's beauty by night.

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