East Kilbride

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Coordinates: 55°45′52″N 4°10′38″W / 55.764529°N 4.177115°W / 55.764529; -4.177115

East Kilbride
Scottish Gaelic: Cille Bhrìghde an Ear
Parish Church, East Kilbride.jpg
East Kilbride parish church tower
East Kilbride is located in South Lanarkshire
East Kilbride
 East Kilbride shown within South Lanarkshire
Population 73,796 [1] (2001 census) est. 73,320[2] (2006)
OS grid reference NS635545
Council area South Lanarkshire
Lieutenancy area Lanarkshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW[3]
Postcode district G74-75
Dialling code 01355 & 0141
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Scottish Parliament East Kilbride
List of places
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East Kilbride is a large suburban town in the South Lanarkshire council area of Scotland. It is Scotland's first new town, and lies on high ground on the south side of the Cathkin Braes, about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Glasgow city centre. The Rotten Calder river flows along the east side of the settlement, northwards toward the River Clyde. The town is also known as the Polo Mint city due to its many roundabouts.

Landmarks[change | change source]

Dollan Baths

Dollan Baths[change | change source]

One of the most significant buildings of an earlier phase of development was Dollan Baths leisure complex (opened 1968) which has Grade A listed status.

Twin towns[change | change source]

Notable people[change | change source]

  • William and John Hunter, medical pioneers, were born at Long Calderwood within the present-day area of East Kilbride.
  • Lorraine Kelly, television presenter for GMTV was born in the town.
  • Iain Harvie, guitarist with Scottish rock band Del Amitri, was an East Kilbride resident. His late father, John Harvie, was the popular headmaster of Claremont High School in East Kilbride in the 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Actor John Hannah of Rebus and Four Weddings and a Funeral fame was a resident of East Kilbride, residing in the Murray area. He has recently caused debate in the area after commenting that it had "gone downhill" since he lived there .
  • Scottish rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain was formed in the town.
  • Muriel Gray, journalist and broadcaster, was born in the town.
  • Chancery Stone, author of The DANNY Quadrilogy, was born in East Kilbride and lived in West Mains for the first 18 years of her life.
  • Mikey, famous for his antics and passion for food in Calderglen High
  • Roddy Frame, frontman of Scottish indie band Aztec Camera, was born in the town.

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