Thank you, Hugo, it was very simple and easy, for me. 🙂
(have one sql script written where the variables are assigned this way, so was sure of my choices. I executed the script in 2008R2, and I re-read the question and see there is no R2, but still went with the gut feeling that this must work, and yes, it does)
The first and the hardest SQL statement I have wrote- "select * from customers" - and I was happy and felt smart.