Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony
The curtain came down on the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in spectacular style.Getty Images/Mark Kolbe

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games drew to a close with a stunning closing ceremony that included a performance from Kylie Minogue at Hampden Park.

The 11-day multi-sport event came to a definitive end on Sunday evening with a spectacular fireworks display in Glasgow.

During the ceremony the Commonwealth flag was passed over to 2018 hosts Australia, an exchange that included 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson.

The 40,000 capacity crowd plus an estimated television audience of one billion people were treated to performances from critically acclaimed Scottish music artists Deacon Blue, Lulu and Dougie MacLean.

The 90-minute ceremony included a recap of highlights of the Games including action from each of the 11 days of competition involving many of the 4,000 athletes from the 71 participating nations and territories.

A joint-statement from the Games Partners, led by Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, read: "The Games has created jobs, contracts and training. Glasgow's environment and infrastructure has been improved.

"We have shared a once-in-a-lifetime experience and helped to write a new chapter in Glasgow's history. It has been an incredible journey."

David Zolkwer, Glasgow 2014 head of ceremonies, added: "All of us hope we've been able to shine a light on what is here in abundance each and every day. This city's generosity, humour - humanity."

Following 11 days of action across 17 sports, England finished top of the medals table with 173, while hosts Scotland finished fourth after securing their best medal haul in Commonwealth history.