Subway brings back 1980s jingle that Glaswegians of a certain age will remember

A song from more than 40 years ago is making a comeback as part of Glasgow Subway's £288 million modernisation scheme.

On the Underground, written by the late Scottish composer Harry Barry, celebrated the launch of the city’s ultra-modern Clockwork Orange on TV and radio in 1980.

Now the cheery ditty is back centre stage in a social media campaign as Strathclyde Partnership for Transport bids farewell to the old fleet and welcomes 17 new bespoke trains alongside planned upgrades along the line.

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The first of the new trains carried passengers in December 2023 with the new trains, currently running alongside the legacy fleet, expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2024. The current fleet is partially automatic but will move to Unattended Train Operations (UTO) only once the new full system is in place.

SPT’s Director of Transport Operations, Richard Robinson said: “We are delighted to be able to use Harry Barry’s song celebrating our legacy fleet as we prepare to say goodbye to these much-loved trains from the system.

Harry Barry
Harry Barry -Credit:USC

“We’d like to thank Harry’s family for letting us use the track which was commissioned to mark the last modernisation of the Subway. We’re bringing this cheerful song to a brand-new audience.”

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The musician, of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, died suddenly in 2013, but has a huge back catalogue as a writer and producer in a career spanning 50 years. It’s not the first time one of his compositions has had a resurgence.

Harry’s football anthem European Song, which celebrated Aberdeen FC’s victory in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1983, featured in the film Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, which premiered in 2021.

Harry’s daughter Kate, said: “We’re delighted that dad’s memory lives on in his music. He wrote hundreds of jingles and songs during his career. His compositions have stood the test of time.

“He was a very talented man.”

The song is now on Glasgow Subway Instagram and TikTok platforms.

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