Commonwealth Games ceremony items up for auction

Games fans will be able to bid for the opening ceremony cannon. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Games fans will be able to bid for the opening ceremony cannon. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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OPENING ceremony stars Dolly the Sheep, the Edinburgh cannon and Tunnock’s teacakes are up for grabs at a Commonwealth Games auction.

Fans can bid for items including the giant dancing marshmallows on an official Games auction website.

Official items signed by Capital swimmer Michael Jamieson are also available to bid on as are flags and banners from several of the sports venues.

More than 10,000 sporting mementoes will be auctioned through the site, with proceeds going towards the cost of hosting the Games.

Gerry Carey, licensing and merchandising manager for the Games, said: “This is the best opportunity for Games fans and supporters to own an authentic piece of Games history.

“All official auction items are exclusive, limited edition and come complete with hologram and letter of authenticity.

“Bidding starts as low as £1 but we expect some items will be very popular and will go for considerably more.”

Last week Waitrose revealed that sales of Tunnock’s teacakes soared 62 per cent after they appeared in the ceremony at Celtic Park last Wednesday.

Medals continued to pour in for Lothian athletes over the weekend in sports including swimming, judo and bowls.

Royal Marine Chris Sherrington took gold in the 100kg plus category against South African Ruan Snyman as Scotland’s judoka became the most medalled squad in the country’s Commonwealth Games history.

Mocked as a boy for his massive feet and being skin and bones, the ridicule spurred him on to join the Marines.

The Broxburn hero, 30, said Judo “saved” him – allowing him to conquer stress and alcohol problems following a tour of Iraq which saw him spend £8500 on drink in just three months. He beamed with delight as he stood atop the podium and belted out Flower of Scotland. “They fixed me six times. How many times can you break yourself? I broke myself rather crazily,” he said.

“None of this would have been possible without the backing and help of the Royal Marines, Judo Scotland and Sport Scotland.”

Bowls hero Alex Marshall celebrated victory over England with a ‘signature pose’ likened to Usain Bolt’s famous lightning bolt. The 47-year-old from Tranent, nicknamed Tattie, gave a cheeky up yours gesture as he and partner Paul Foster reached today’s pairs final.

His pose became and instant web hit with Marshall describing his last two shots in a nail-biting victory as “the best I’ve ever played”.

Bowls compatriot Lorraine Malloy and her teammates lost their match but she made sure her participation in the Games would never be forgotten. Ms Malloy, 48, from Broxburn, got a permanent memento of her time in the competition - a tattoo of the official mascot Clyde above her ankle. She lost out in the women’s four bronze contest but said taking part was “a tremendous once in a lifetime honour”.


Edinburgh’s Dan Wallace won Commonwealth Games gold in the men’s 400m individual medley just two months after facing the axe for urinating on a police car and being arrested in the US.

Wallace worried his antics would rule him out of Glasgow 2014 but he celebrated becoming Scotland’s third swimmer to win gold by screaming: ‘For Freedom!’.

He said the cry was mimicking a scene from Braveheart and had no view to share on the country’s future. The Capital-born athlete, who now studies at the University of Florida, is not eligible to vote.