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Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith from England in action against Yong Hee and Jessica Tan from Singapore during the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match at The NEC - PA

Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith from England in action against Yong Hee and Jessica Tan from Singapore during the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal match at The NEC – PA

9:02 am

Coming soon: it’s the bronze medal

men’s hockey. England vs South Africa.

8:57 am

mixed doubles badminton

I am sorry to report that England’s pair has fallen short of Singapore and will have to settle for silver.

But England also have a pair in the men’s doubles and women’s doubles finals later on.

8:56 am

Goldie is on BBC Breakfast

They get everyone there! Mostly people from the 1990s about the evidence so far, but I’m keeping an open mind.

8:44 am

in the menu

Monday, August 8

  • Badminton – 8am to 2:15pm

  • Hockey – 9am-11:30am, 12:30pm-3pm

  • Table tennis and table tennis – 9:30-13:15

  • Diving – 10am-1pm

  • Squash – 10am to 2:30pm

  • Closing Ceremony – 8pm to 10pm



Apache Indian to play Closing Ceremony.


Some information about the Closing Ceremony

Jorja Smith, Beverley Knight and UB40 are among the artists confirmed to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The Games will come to an end after 11 days of sporting action with a high-octane production celebrating the West Midlands’ musical heritage.

The closing ceremony, at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, will feature performances by artists including Apache Indian, Beverley Knight, Dexys Midnight Runners, Goldie, Jacob Banks, Jaykae and Jorja Smith.

Laura Mvula, Ash, Mahalia and Musical Youth will also perform, along with Neelam Gill, Panjabi MC, Talulah-Eve, The Selecter and UB40.

In honor of one of Birmingham’s top exports of the past decade, the closing ceremony will feature a sequel to the highly anticipated theater show Peaky Blinders: The Redemption Of Thomas Shelby.

British singer Mvula will give a special performance of a newly commissioned track inspired by Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand, the theme song for the TV series.

Written and adapted for the stage by show creator Steven Knight, the theatrical production will have its world premiere at the Birmingham Hippodrome on September 27 as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Martin Green, Creative Director of the Birmingham Games, said: “With this closing ceremony, we wanted to create a spectacular lineup of global West Midlands artists for an exciting musical production to conclude 11 unforgettable days of sport and culture.

“The mix of high-octane performances will celebrate the vibrant energy and cultural heritage of this incredible city as we bring these spectacular Home Games to a fitting end.”

The closing ceremony will also include a formal handover to the state of Victoria, Australia, which will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

The closing ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and will signal the end of an event in which 4,500 Commonwealth athletes competed in 19 sports and eight for sports.

The ceremony takes place on Monday at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

8:37 am

BBC breakfast

I normally never watch this, but they have Wor Sir Big Al Shearer, talking about Erling Haaland and breaking Jackie Milburn’s record in front of Gallowgate End.


Last day of the Commonwealth Games

Good Morning! Happy Monday. Welcome to our live blog from the last day of the Commonwealth Games. There are all sorts of important medal issues yet to be resolved, and then there’s a closing ceremony tonight.

Already in brilliant progress and this morning is the mixed doubles badminton final. England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith are in action against Singapore’s Yong Hee and Jessica Tan, and that comes from the NEC. I think I’ll put on my Hamish Hawk record right now: do you know his song, The Mauritian Doubles Badminton Champion, 1973? Magnificent matter.

Once the shuttlecock is settled, we have several other tasty snacks to bring you this sunny morning. The men from England play South Africa in hockey for the bronze medal, and after that, the Australians and Indians go for the gold. We have table tennis, we have diving – which will be 3m mixed synchronized trampoline and then 10m mixed synchronized platform. We also have pumpkin.

I hope we also get some feedback throughout the day about how the Games went in general, what it means for the country, what it means to have the Commonwealth Games, what it means for these athletes and so on. If you have a vision you’d like to share, why not leave a comment below and we can see how we do?

Everyone seems very happy with the way things are going in Brum. The sports minister is “very interested” in supporting a Birmingham bid for the 2040 Olympics, but admitted that the move could be blocked by the Treasury.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Nigel Huddleston said: “I would be very interested because I think it’s important that we make an offer for major international sporting events.

“The big opportunity for Birmingham is that it has put itself on the map as a fantastic city to host major international sporting events, and I don’t see why the Olympics shouldn’t be considered.

“Unfortunately I don’t always sign the checks, it’s usually a discussion with the Treasury.

“But we can usually make a very good case because, in addition to uplifting the mood of the nation, there is a cash benefit to many of these events.”

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