A cast of 3,000 prepares for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Cast members preparing for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Photo: ITV News

With less than two weeks to go until the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, those taking part in the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park are being put through their paces.

The cast of 3,000 have been drawn from all walks of life from across Scotland, most with little or no dancing experience.

On 23rd July they will be performing in front of 40,000 people inside the stadium and for a television audience of over a billion.

The big curtain raiser to the 2014 Commonwealth Games is, however, not sold out.

On the Games website it has many events, including the opening and closing ceremonies marked as still having high availability which means there are more than 500 tickets still unsold.

The Organising committee say additional tickets were made available at the end of June and it's these tickets which are still to be snapped up.

With 13 days to go they are still confident of packed stadia throughout the 11 days of competition.

Eilish McColgan will be trying to emulate mum Liz's success at the 1986 Games in Edinburgh. Credit: ITV News

For the home athletes, such as Eilish McColgan having the backing of a home crowd will be a huge boost.

She is hoping to emulate her mother's success at the 1986 home Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Liz McColgan was spurred on to a Gold. Liz, together with the rest of Eilish's family will be in the crowd hoping she can do the same.