The Proclaimers famously stated that Scots often see the world through a clouded glass.
The glass is beginning to clear for all Scots with the expected successful outcomes and positive impacts of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games throughout Scotland.
The legacy outcomes of the historic games is already being achieved through the employment of thousands of young people, the construction of high-quality new accommodation and the addition of world-class sporting venues across Scotland. Traditional mega events such as the Commonwealth Games are frequently only measured according to their economic, social and more recently even their environmental impacts.
In fact, according to studies at the Queen Margaret University International Centre for the Study of Planned Events in Edinburgh, these legacy outcomes are to be distributed throughout Scotland, over a ten-year period and may be highly positive. The overall state of wellbeing of average citizens in Scotland’s main cities is expected to rise significantly as a result of the community spirit generated in the run-up to and delivery of this mega event.
One example of this became clear to me when on Monday evening I viewed the dress rehearsal of the opening ceremonies at Celtic Park. Somewhere behind the scenes was a young female producer co-ordinating hundreds of cast members and thousands of precisely timed cues.
The producer is a former event management student at Queen Margaret University who grew up in the North Glasgow social housing scheme. She dreamed of going to university and upon earning her qualification she returned to Glasgow to work in her former housing association as a social worker teaching event management to young people who might be encouraged to apply for jobs with the 2014 Games or volunteer to support the hundreds events. Her aspiration and enthusiasm was transmitted to the next generation who I witnessed dancing and smiling, with their heads held high as they performed for 20,000 audience members.
Therefore, in addition to the economic, social and even environmental impacts the most long-lasting outcomes from 2014 Commonwealth Games may be that of renewed hope for better lives.
As Scots raise their glasses to toast the historic 20th Commonwealth Games held in their country, they will notice their glass is no longer clouded and furthermore it is spilling over with renewed hope, enthusiasm and pride that will be inherited by many generations in the future.
Professor Joe Goldblatt is executive director of the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events at Queen Margaret University