Lumphanan woman gets into the Games

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Whilst almost nine million viewers were glued to their screens, one Deesider was part of the action at the opening ceremony of the Games.

Alison Hasler of Lumphanan was one of the lucky few to have taken part in weeks of secret training before taking to the stage with Scottish stars Rod Stewart and Amy MacDonald.

The entertainment was kept under wraps until July 23, when the Games kicked off at Celtic Park.

After applying to take part in the ceremony back in 2012, Alison, a keen dancer, was asked to apply as cast for the Games last December.

Alison said: “The audition was brilliant fun. Everyone had a laugh and then from there I was involved in a music video that was shot in George square with any McDonald in May.That’s the one everyone saw on the opening night.”

Following on from the video, Alison was involved in the People Make Glasgow dance number, performed as Rod Stewart and Amy MacDonald duetted on stage.

She said: “The atmosphere was electric and the energy running through us all was just wonderful. I met Susan Boyle and some of the athletes.”

The cast of the ceremony rehearsed at long weekend sessions in the run-up to the event.