London: Social media site Twitter was ablaze with reactions on the opening of the Commonwealth Games 2014, which finally kicked in Glasgow on Wednesday night.
The vibrant opening act, in which Glasgow-born Dr Who actor John Barrowman leaped from under a giant kilt to join Chewin` The Fat comedian Karen Dunbar in singing `Welcome To Scotland`, saw tweets from users who were not shy in voicing their opinions on the event.
A 40,000 strong audience watched the opening ceremony in Celtic Park, where the arrival of the Queen`s baton marked the official start of the 11-day competition, The Independent reported.
At first, Twitter was unsure about the performance and its tongue-in-cheek approach to Scottish history with a user tweeting that sometimes his daughter put on a `Circus` as she hula-hooped to the theme-tune to Dr Who while wearing a panda onesie. He added that it is better than this.
However, the opinion of the critics on the social media website changed after the sight of dancers dressed as Tunnock`s tea cakes. A user tweeted that he takes it all back, adding that the second part of the `#commonwealthgames` opening show was gracious, political and interesting.
RAF Red Arrows pilot Ross Harrison was reportedly among those who took to Twitter to mark the evening as a success, after he and his teammates marked the sky above Celtic Park with red, white and blue smoke. He tweeted that late finish after the opening ceremony but it was worth it he felt from the whisperings.
The event was opened by the Queen, who is the head of the Commonwealth, formally. It is the first Commonwealth Games in Scotland for over 28 years.
The opening ceremony came to a close with 41 Scottish Terriers ushering athletes into the stadium, each dressed in tiny jackets emblazoned with a name of one of the 71 nations and territories competing in the `friendly games`, the report added.