When Clyde built really meant something special

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WHEN you think of Glasgow’s proud traditions it’s guaranteed you’ll mention the shipyards at some point.

Once the employer of thousands of Glaswegian workers along the Clyde, the banks have fallen silent now.

But this Sunday at the Mitchell library you have a chance to relive those days when shipbuilding was key in practically every city built beside a main river.

The library is putting on a performance of the audiovisual work Songs from the Shipyards which traces the history of shipyards throughout Britain.

Alongside the sixty-minute film, a live musical score will be performed by Mercury-nominated folk band, The Unthanks.

The film is a beautiful and moving illustration of the rise and fall of the shipbuilding industry and its impact on the lives of so many people, not least Glaswegians, throughout the 20th centure.

Shipbuilding on the Clyde provided a livelihood for a great many families and communities in the city.

Some of the UK’s other major shipyards are also featured.

Songs from the Shipyards is at the Mitchell library on Sunday and begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.50.