Olympics Parade, Glasgow, September 2012

These photographs were taken during the recent Olympics and Para-Olympics homecoming celebration in Glasgow. The theme of the event was celebrating, “Scotland’s Greatest Team”, which seemed a substantially different message to the “Support Team GB” message that had predominated during the Games.

I was interested to find out how onlookers and supporters of the athletes would resolve the tension between those two national and sporting allegiances. I was surprised to find that the Team GB motif, whether shown by flags and mascots or in chants, was still very strong.

It is hard to argue with the assertion that the Olympics has subtly changed the dynamics of the Scottish referendum debate. However, it was also hard to argue with the strength of feeling that was shown for the Scottish athletes who were being celebrated and who gave the parade its energy and passion.

 

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