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Chris Upson

Cumbernauld is a town on Clydeside in central Scotland, 13 miles northeast of Glasgow, with a population of 52,000. The name is Gaelic, comar nan allt meaning the meeting of waters, and it's near the watershed of the Clyde and Forth water catchments. It grew up as a weaving centre in the 19th century as the railway arrived, then expanded rapidly from 1955 when it was designated a "New Town". It was the third of five such towns built to alleviate Scotland's housing shortage, preceded by East Kilbride and Glenrothes, and followed by Livingston and Irvine; the intended sixth at Stonehouse was never built. So it shares their drab brutalist architecture, but was especially influenced by the 1960s fashion for vertical segregation of pedestrians and vehicles. Thus, there are few zebra crossings, but many bridges, flyovers and underpasses, which rapidly became linear lavatories for the town drunks.
Gregory's Girl
Cumbernauld is the setting for the 1981 Bill Forsyth film Gregory's Girl - the gawky teenage Gregory being as inept in love as he is in football. In the final scenes he and his pals set off to hitchhike to Caracas, hearing that women there greatly outnumber the men, and it's as far away from Cumbernauld as they can imagine.

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