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Commonwealth games 'could be best ever'

This summer's Commonwealth Games could be the "best ever", according to a final progress report on the build-up to the event.

A dance troupe at one of the promotional events for the games Credit: ITV News

The assembly of a 15,000-strong volunteer force, the progress of the Queen's Baton Relay and a long list of sponsors were praised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in its last review of planning for the Games.

Organisers, police and Government ministers met with the CGF in Glasgow this week to outline final preparations.

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Commonwealth Games 'clyde-siders' begin training

Thousands of staff and volunteers are beginning training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

15,000 'clyde-siders' including many from Cumbria and Southern Scotland are volunteering at the Games.

The first step of their training begins over this weekend at one of Scotland's biggest mass orientation events and they will also get a first glimpse of their uniforms at the Emirates Arena.

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Virgin cuts prices of Carlisle to Glasgow route

Virgin Trains are introducing a new, lower fair for their Carlisle to Glasgow route Credit: PA

Virgin Trains have announced that they are cutting the prices of their Carlisle to Glasgow route over the Christmas period.

An off-peak return fair will now cost £16, a 30% discount off the price of a standard off-peak day return to the Scottish city.

First class off-peak tickets will now be £36.

The 'shopper' tickets are available at train stations after 9am from 9 December to 12 January.

Scottish Borders to support England at Glasgow 2014

People in the Scottish Borders are being asked to support England during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 'Support a 2nd Team' has been developed as part of a wider Games Legacy, aimed at encouraging local authorities in Scotland to cheer on other Commonwealth countries.

The initiative will involve a number of events, led by sportscotland, which will provide an opportunity to create partnerships with nations and territories participating in the Games.

Scottish Borders has been linked with England (Europe) and Tonga (Oceania), and Dumfries and Galloway has been asked to support Grenada (Caribbean) and Northern Ireland (Europe).

Calvin Harris stars in Commonwealth Games ad

Dumfries DJ Calvin Harris Credit: PA

A new television advert signalling the start of ticket sales for the 2014 Commonwealth Games features Dumfries DJ Calvin Harris.

Calvin Harris provides the music for the 40-second advert, which will be shown in cinemas nationwide.

The singer, songwriter and producer was awarded his official Guinness World Record for the most top ten singles in one album, yesterday.

Up to one million tickets for the Glasgow 2014 have now gone on sale, with prices starting at £15 for adults and half price concessions for under 16's and the over 60's.

For more information on Glasgow 2014 ticketing click here.

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