Bonzo's Bits


Hi there

I love a bit of trivia (QI is my favourite TV show), so ahead of our ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD shows at The Village Theatre in East Kilbride this Saturday here are my top 5 facts about the town:

1 East Kilbride is Scotland’s 6th largest settlement with over 74,000 residents. That’s a lot of people. I wonder how many dogs there are? Or cats for that matter?

2 It’s sometimes called Polo Mint City because of all its roundabouts. It does have a lot of roundabouts – I sometimes feel a bit sick driving round them. The band Texas even had a song called ‘Polo Mint City’ on their 1997 album ‘White On Blonde’

3 East Kilbride is twinned with the Danish town Ballerup near wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. I have never been to Denmark. I like their bacon though

4 People have lived in the area since the late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age (they must be very old now) but in the late 1940’s it became Scotland’s first ‘new town’. Other new towns include, Glenrothes, Cumbernauld and Irvine. They have lots of roundabouts too.

5 Lots of famous people were born in East Kilbride including journalists Kirsty Young and Muriel Gray, pop star Roddy Frame and actresses Blythe Duff, Julie Wilson Nimmo and Kate Dickie. Others who have lived there include Lorraine Kelly, John Hannah, Sir Alex Ferguson and our very own Anya!

Look out for more fabulous facts soon