Clydebank Blitz: Tour guide and TV star share grandmother’s bombing experience

A POPULAR Glasgow tour guide has shared her grandmother’s diary entries about life through the Clydebank Blitz.

Glasgow Central Station guide Paul Lyons, one of the stars of BBC Scotland’s Inside Central Station TV documentary series, took to social media to share four pages from his grandmother Lyons’ diary detailing his experience working at the city’s Singer factory during the Luftwaffe raids in March 1941.

Paul, the station historian, shared the entries on Twitter, where other users responded to share their families’ experiences of the bombings.

Paul’s grandmother wrote: “I remember how much fun we had going to work that night. There were always a few of us girls walking back and forth in every shops on Kilbowie Road, tormenting most of them with a good laugh.

“When we entered the factory that night, the night shift manager told us that there would be a red or green light later. We laughed and said that we were tired of listening mermaids.”

But unfortunately for Granny Lyons, it wouldn’t just be a siren on this occasion.

The newspaper continued: “My whole body shook in a split second. All the windows were blown out and firebombs were falling. security, so we sat in a small office.”

The city was largely destroyed in two nights of raids, with hundreds of lives lost and most of the city’s buildings reduced to rubble.

The Singer factory – which was reassigned to the war effort to make munitions instead of sewing machines – was among the targets that suffered direct hits or severe incendiary damage, along with the Beardmore and John Brown shipyards , the Royal Ordnance Factory at Dalmuir, Rothesay Dock and the Admiralty Oil Storage Facility to the west of the town.

About 4,000 houses were completely destroyed, another 4,500 were badly damaged, and 3,500 suffered severe to light damage.

Only seven houses out of a total stock of 12,000 remained intact. Many large schools and churches were also destroyed.