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Christians welcome Commonwealth Games spectators to Glasgow

Thu 24 Jul 2014
By Antony Bushfield

The Salvation Army is among a number of Christian organisations welcoming thousands of spectators to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games 2014, which starts today.

Churches across the city have been brought together under the umbrella of 'More Than Gold' to provide a collective effort to mark the games and welcome visitors from around the world.

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected over the coming eleven days.

The Salvation Army has been greeting people at Glasgow Central Station and handing out bottles of water.

Major Russell Wyles is the Divisional Comander for West Scotland and tells Premier he and his team have given out more than a ton of water in the first few hours of the day: 

"Normally in Scotland, you are blighted by the rain, but it's beautiful, blue skies.

"It's a lovely warm day, people are grateful for the refreshment, but it's also great just to share hospitality in the most basic way and say 'Welcome to Glasgow!'."

Speaking on Premier's News Hour, he went on to explain why he felt it was important for there to be Christian presence in the city during the games:

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