Games are almost here

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The 45th International Children’s Games get underway in Lanarkshire next week with the opening ceremony taking place at Fir Park, Motherwell, on Thursday, August 4.

It begins at 6.30pm and all 2,000 tickets made available to the public have been snapped up.

Organising committee joint-chairman Councillor Jim Smith said: “The tickets to the opening ceremony have been flying out the doors which just goes to show how much the Games have captured the imagination of people across Lanarkshire and beyond.

“The people of Lanarkshire have got right behind the International Children’s Games and their enthusiasm will play a huge part in the success of the Games.”

Due to the opening ceremony North Lanarkshire Council has confirmed that Knowetop Avenue, from the junction of Dalziel Drive to the junction of Toll Street, and Fir Park Street, from the junction of Knowetop Avenue to the junction of Edward Street, will be closed from 5pm-midnight.

This is to allow for bus parking for almost 1,500 competitors aged 12 to 15, along with coaches, administrators and delegates from 79 cities.

Diversions will be in place and pedestrian access will be maintained.

For more information about the ICG see our special 16-page pull-out in July 28 edition of Times & Speaker.