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Commonwealth games’ Clyde could be a charity fundraiser

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​Proposals to make Clyde the face of Glasgow could lead to a windfall for charities

Children’s charities should be given the chance to cash in on the popularity of Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde.

Proposals are afoot to make the cuddly thistle character the mascot of Glasgow – with sales of merchandise going to Unicef and Ronald McDonald House at Yorkhill sick kids’ hospital.

Councillor Paul Carey, member for Drumchapel, has written to City Chambers officials enquiring about Clyde – who was a massive hit during the Games – being made the face of the city.

He said: “Clyde proved extremely popular during the Games with locals and visitors, becoming one of the faces of Glasgow 2014.

“I would like to see him becoming the mascot for Glasgow itself. Donating the profits to children’s charities would leave a tremendous legacy and would reflect very well on the people of Glasgow.

If the plans come to fruition, there could be a real windfall for charities.

Clyde proved extremely popular during the Games – with more than 45.000 dolls being shifted over the summer.

His future role is still uncertain. Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “Clyde was one of the stars of the Games and, although he probably deserves a holiday, Glasgow will always be his home.

“We’re still looking at how, and where, but Clyde will remain in the city.”