Lord Provost on Tour

Lord Provost Councillor Sadie Docherty will visit every primary school in Glasgow in a push to promote the city to young people ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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With the Games fast approaching the Lord Provost's School Visits Programme will demand two visits a week to cover the city's 138 primary and additional support for learning schools.

The whistle-stop tour will involve meeting and greeting more than 38,000 pupils. At each school the Lord Provost will explain her duties as First Citizen and convey the excitement surrounding the Games.

The Lord Provost said: "I chose schools as my legacy when I was appointed and this is a wonderful way to connect with children and get them excited and involved in the Games. It's a huge event for the city and the country and it will be something the children, like the rest of Glasgow, will remember for the rest of their lives. Indeed, our next sporting champions may very well be among my audience.

"I've had a few practice sessions and the reception from pupils has been very favourable. They are a tough audience and they do ask very direct questions but you do get a giggle as well.

"It's a great honour being the Lord Provost - especially at a time when Glasgow is flourishing.

"The 2014 Commonwealth Games represent a huge opportunity for the city, especially in terms of the social and economic benefits and lasting legacy they will leave."

A key message will be to let her young audience know how they can get involved. She will explain how their parents and other family members can participate by becoming Games volunteers.

She will also encourage the youngsters to come into the city during the Games to experience the event's unique party atmosphere.

Joining the Lord Provost on tour will be a council civic officer who will talk to pupils about the role and responsibilities they have. Pupils will be able to quiz the Lord Provost and see first hand her chain of office as well as the city's ceremonial mace.

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