New BBC Scotland show dedicates episode to Shotts

A new series about Scottish towns is to have an episode dedicated to Shotts.

‘My Kind of Town’ is presented Ian Hamilton with his guide dog Major.

A new series will start soon on the BBC Scotland channel with Shotts being featured on Wednesday, November 3.

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Ian said: “It would not be unfair to say that Shotts has faced huge economic difficulties.

“Is it finally time for Shotts to leave behind its legacy of heavy industry and find a new future?”

Since the closing of its iron foundry, the town’s people have had to face major employment challenges. However, Ian and Major find plenty of places to go and people to chat to, along with a strong sense of community.

Among their stops is a visit to Bon Accord FC for a chat about the club with William Quilter, a stop-off at the site of the old ironworks, then the Ironworks Bowling Club, and of course a visit to HMP Shotts for a chat with governor William Stuart.

Another foray is to Hartwood Hospital, which was the biggest complex housing mentally ill patients in the UK when it opened in 1895, but now lies abandoned. He talks to local Lorraine Duncan, who is striving to provide markings for those who died there and lie in unmarked graves.

On a lighter note he does some dancing at one of seven dance studios in the town, Epic Studios with coaching from dance teacher Jenna Drummond.

He gets a sense of local concerns at a local café, a new restaurant in the town, and out ‘on the beat’ with PC Kenny Samuel.

And he finds out about ventures such as the Getting Together project led by June Vallance to help local people improve their health, going as far as to go on a tandem bike with Arthur Vallely, who runs a cycling and bike maintenance project.

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