Jeremy Vine climbs Glasgow's Finnieston Crane showcasing city's 'amazing' industrial heritage

Jeremy Vine at the top of Finnieston Crane in Glasgow.
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Jeremy Vine climbed 175 feet up Glasgow's "massive" Finnieston Crane to learn more about its importance when it comes to the city's industrial heritage.

The TV and Radio presenter aired his BBC show live from the city today, Tuesday June 18, to talk about what matters to Scots ahead of the UK general election on July 4.

His programme touched on the reign the SNP have held for over two decades as well as their third leader - John Swinney - in less than two years.

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In a chat with BBC Scotland's political correspondent Kirsty Campbell, live from Holyrood, the pair talked about Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross announcing his resignation just weeks before votes for the country's new leader are cast.

The 59-year-old presenter also ventured out and about in Glasgow, thanking the city for its "beautiful warm weather" before mounting the historic Finnieston Crane.

He told listeners on BBC Radio 2: "I ventured out to explore a very important part of Glasgow’s industrial history. I’m talking about a massive century old crane.

"I’m just starting up the stairs here which’ll take me 175 feet up a disused crane, but it’s much more than a crane. It’s one of only 11 so-called cantilevered cranes - these are the ones where it uses massive counter weight to make sure you can reach across the river."

An out of breath Jeremy added: "Goodness me… I have waited a while to see this crane but I never knew I was gonna see it this close.

"What’s amazing is that 100 years ago, this would lift locomotives and tanks. All gear manufactured in Glasgow lifted on the ships which took them to all parts of the British empire."

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After reaching the top, he speaks with Alan Wilson who is running a project to make sure the crane "stays alive".

Alan said: "It's a vital part of our industrial heritage here, which is what appeals to me.

"It represents a different era from the modern era that surrounds it. It's very important to preserve that industrial heritage."

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