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COMMONWEALTH GAMES: The weirdest opening ceremonies

Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies we have known

Where can you find giant puppets, flying trams, winking kangaroos, motorised monsters regularly rubbing shoulders with the British royal family?

Answer: the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, which down the years has veered from the ludicrous to the lavish and back again, often within a matter of minutes.

In this gallery we look back at some of the more unexpected, not to say baffling, gimmicks and stunts that have graced the Games’ opening ceremony over the past few decades.

Here, a somewhat underwhelming Loch Ness Monster on wheels makes it way through crowds of bemused children during the 1986 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Edinburgh.

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