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Spring Trip for Connects Project

Connects glasgow tour'But not on a Monday!' – This month (Monday April 16) saw 30 from the Connects project going for a bus tour around the highlights of Glasgow. Everyone met at the Byres Road bus stop and “clambered on” the 10.52 am bus heading off into town. The sun was shining so up top the bus was warm enough to sit out while some sat inside beside the bus guide and the rest were down stairs.

We toured around Glasgow for nearly two hours learning new and interesting facts about Glasgow - past and present. For example did you know that the Gorbals in medieval times used to be a leprosy colony? We didn’t! Also that there are loads of interesting places in Glasgow to go and visit but a lot of them are shut on a Monday- so the bus guide kept saying “ You can alight here for a visit – but not on a Monday!”

We finished off at the new transport museum at Riverside for a well needed cup of hot tea, a lovely lunch and an afternoon visit around the exhibitions. Well worth a visit with loads of buttons to press to find out about the past. Jamie Blair for the Clan skateboard shop in Hyndland Street has exhibition space and Jane’s great grandfathers cart is in the old street scene- James Barrie. .. And you should hear what they have to say about women bus conductors in 1915!

The Glasgow tour bus tickets last for two consecutive days so some decided to go off together for a wee adventure and others are going back to visit places tomorrow that they saw on the way around the first time. Slightly more than half of our party had never been on the Tour Bus before. Quote from participants “My kids are in their 40’s and they said that they have never been on and would love to go on the tour bus!” , “Thoroughly enjoyed my day. Thank you very much!” and “That was great, will sleep tonight!”

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