The opening ceremony of the Special Olympics GB 40th Anniversary Games, hosted by Special Olympics Scotland at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling, on 9 August 2018 will feature a stunning line-up of Scottish talent.

Able Magazine are media partners with the Anniversary Games and have a special ‘Two for £10’ ticket offer, exclusively for Able Magazine readers.

Compering the ceremony is TV personality, Gail Porter, with headline act the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, probably the most famous bagpipe group in the world – bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent.

Joining them will be:

Soul Nation: a rock choir like no other. Scottish pride and passion stands them apart from all the rest. It’s pop, it’s soul it’s gospel; it doesn’t matter what the label might be…. it rocks!

Horse McDonald: An iconic Scottish singer-songwriter of 30 years, with nine album releases.

Clyve Aguarde: Soul singer who first performed Living the Dream at the SOGB National Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Bath in 2013. This has now been remixed by Calvin Harris and it will be performed once again along with a new release, previously unreleased.

Max Murphy: Max rom Glasgow, first appeared on The Voice.

Can’t Help Singing: A Midlothian ageing well choir and dance group, perform a song written for the Anniversary Games by Mark McGafferty, ‘Time to Fly’, with dance put together by Vivian Wallace.

The Games organisers said: “We are delighted that so many acts and entertainers have agreed to make what will be a spectacular and memorable occasion. It really is the cream of Scottish talent who will be performing on the night and I am sure the audience will give them a very warm Scottish welcome.”

Since 1978 Special Olympics Scotland’s mission has been to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities (learning disabilities). It gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

The Anniversary Games will celebrate 40 years of Special Olympics GB and 50 years of the Special Olympics movement. The Games will be hosted by Special Olympics Scotland and are expected to welcome over 1,400 delegation members plus officials – and attract over 4,000 spectators from across Europe and Asia.

Sporting events will take place at the University of Stirling, with golf and indoor bowls held at Callander Golf Club and Stirling Indoor Bowling Club respectively.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at Forthbank Stadium on 9 August 2018.

To take advantage of our exclusive ‘two for £10’ ticket offer, please email your name to: no later than 12noon on 8 August 2018. (Your tickets will be available for picking up at the stadium.)

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