Remember when: The common touch

Members of the ticket office for the 1970 Commonwealth Games take it easy before the rush begins
Members of the ticket office for the 1970 Commonwealth Games take it easy before the rush begins
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IN many ways things were much more simple back in 1970 – a straightforward team of 16 people manning the only ticket office for that year’s Commonwealth Games.

Here are some of them, above, posing for a picture on the counter of RW Forsyth Ltd in Princes Street where they received applications from sports fans across the globe, eager to secure a seat for the event which was to be staged in Edinburgh.

Children play their part at the Games. Picture: Hamish Campbell

Children play their part at the Games. Picture: Hamish Campbell

Of course, it was a different story this week when tickets went on sale for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In the age of the internet, tickets can be secured at the click of a button, with a behind-the-scenes team of many processing global requests and payments.

Thousands of us are expected to head to the Games next year in Glasgow, with some of the events also being held here in the Capital.

The city has a long history with the Games, first staging them in 1970 for which the Royal Commonwealth Pool was built.

The city revelled in the event, with more than 5000 ticket applications received by the January before the summer extravaganza.

Spirits were a little different in 1986 when the 13th Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh. Although in excess of 6500 children transformed Meadowbank Stadium for its vibrant opening ceremony, these Games will always be remembered for the troubles which preceded them.

The majority of countries boycotted the Games – largely Asian, African and Caribbean states – due to Margaret Thatcher government’s position towards apartheid in South Africa.