Billy Connolly has been appointed as an ambassador for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Big Yin has also provided narration to a special animated film about Glasgow 2014’s mascot, which will be screened for the first time at an official launch later today.
Connolly is the third ambassador to be announced for the Games and joins cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy and Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who were both appointed earlier in the year.
Speaking about his new role, the 69-year-old Glaswegian predicted that the Games will be a “huge success” and said: “I know that the people of Glasgow will enjoy the Games immensely, the whole of Scotland will.
“We are a nation that welcomes all visitors with a smiling face, the goodwill of Scots will stand forever, we will always have that.”
He also voiced his belief that the involvement and enthusiasm of young people will be key to the Games’ success.
“There is nothing more important than getting young people involved, without the youth of today creating a momentum behind an event, nothing is taken forward,” he said.
“By engaging with children in the design of the mascot, a buzz has been created – you can feel the excitement for the games already.”
And Connolly added that he thinks Glasgow is an ideal choice of venue for the sporting event.
“Glasgow is a great city of partakers,” he said. “We love taking part in everything and for something as big as the Commonwealth Games, people will be coming out in their droves to spectate and volunteer, without question Glasgow 2014 will be a huge success.”
In the meantime, Connolly will be appearing on the big screen this December in the first part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film trilogy, which you can see a trailer for here.
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