Meg is driving force at Games

Meg Macpherson
Meg Macpherson

A retired district nurse from Bishopbriggs will be in the driving seat at the Commonwealth Games - as a chauffeur for VIP guests.

Meg Macpherson (68) is 
one of a select number of 
volunteers chosen to ferry 
dignitaries to sporting events and venues.

The pensioner, who is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, told the Herald: “I will be on hand as a chauffeur for the entire period of the games.

“It’s very exciting - a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

More than 50,000 people applied to be a Clydesider volunteer as the Games. This was whittled down to 15,000 and from them, 1,000 drivers were selected.

Meg said: “I love driving. I applied to be a volunteer way back in January last year and was delighted to be picked.

“I am what’s known as a T1 driver. There are four different gradings. As a T1 driver, I will be allocated a specific vehicle for a particular dignitary and his or her entourage.

“I have no idea who I will be allocated to drive for or when I will be called. Security will 
obviously be very high.

“Driving wasn’t my job as such but I used my car a lot when I was working as a district nurse and was very actively involved in the Institute for Advanced Motorists in Bishopbriggs.”

Meg added: “One of my friends is a volunteer physiotherapist at the Games and another is involved in the IT department.

“I am sure there are many more local volunteers. We are all keen to make sure the Games will be a real success.”

The fleet of Commonwealth Games vehicles will be on the road from 6.30am to 11pm. They include a mix of minibuses, estate cars, saloons and SUVs.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said: “Volunteers will be the life blood of the Games.”