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Glasgow has big send off for Commonwealth Games athletes

The area is a quieter place at Car Hire Glasgow Airport as the Games have come to an end.

The start of the end has taken place in Glasgow as flags have been taken down, roads were reopened and venues were cleared as the huge clean-up operation began. During the fortnight, more than 3.5 million people passed through the city, while routes to GlasgowAirport were busy as athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories started their journeys home.

A spokesman for the airport said “The past two weeks have been a truly memorable and exciting experience for everyone associated with the airport.”

The clean up was in operation as council staff and contractors were out in numbers to clear up the city in areas including Glasgow Green, which hosted a Closing Ceremony celebration party on Sunday evening, with over 12,000 people in attendance. The athletes were treated to a Scottish farewell, with a ceilidh band, kilted stilt walkers and Highland cows all part of the goodbye.

The village will be handed back to City Legacy, the consortium that built it, in November and the homes and flats will then be put up for sale. The consortium said that interest in buying homes in the Athletes’ Village had risen almost threefold during the Games. Prices are expected to range from £75,000 for a one-bedroom apartment to £200,000 for a four-bedroom detached house. Liz Mallon, of Cruden Homes, which is part of City Legacy, said “We all knew the Games would have a fantastic impact on Glasgow and on the ­Village and these figures prove that.”