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From small acorns came large ships.
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Advantages: Rich largely hidden history and cultural heritage.
Disadvantages: Less well known, not a lot to see any more, a little rough.
I first heard of Clydebank on a television programme about the history of shipbuilding; it used to be one of the world's bigges shipbuilding areas, and as such was heavily bombed and a prime target during the second world war. Its most famous exports are the world-reknowned Queen Mary and QE2 cruise liners. Today, all that remains of this heritage is a single blue coloured crane, which stands proudly on the banks of the river Clyde.
As an area, it's always been working class and less affluent, and indeed a little rough around the edges. The new shopping centre and Clydebank college have renovated the area somewhat, but also sort of stand out as shiny and new against the slightly dull, older background of the place itself.
It may not be much to look at for your average visitor to the area, but anyone with a real interest in history, people and Scotland would benefit from seeing it and would, I believe, I enjoy the experience. I know I did.
Summary: A must-see for anyone wanting to really learn about Scottish people.