Eye Spy Glasgow: Welcome back to Glasgow with a winch

The Scottish Dictionary defines the word winch as a verb meaning "to court or date".

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In real life Glasgow patter it can mean so much else.

There can be very few Glaswegians who haven't had a winch - a kiss or a snog - on the way home from the dancing.

And the question "Are you two winchin' then?" translates as "Are you going out with each other?"

It might not be the most romantic word in the world but it is a classic example of good old-fashioned Glasgow slang.

In any other city in the UK, the statue pictured above would be called something like "Welcome Home".

But the bronze sculpture in the middle of the concourse at Buchanan Bus Station has the name "Wincher's Stance".

It was designed in 1994 by the aptly-named John Clinch and the name was selected after a competition in the Evening Times.

In fact a copy of the paper is sticking out of the overnight bag at the feet of the dungaree-clad male figure in the statue.

The woman he is embracing is wearing a Tam O' Shanter bonnet and, on close inspection, is shedding a tear from her right eye.

She is quite obviously welcoming him home to Glasgow with a winch.

A plaque built into the floor beside the statue reveals that it was commissioned by the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive and named by Susan Ritchie.

Ms Ritchie's suggestion was one of 600 competition entries submitted to the Evening Times and she was present at the unveiling along with the sculptor.

John Clinch, who passed away in 2001, was originally from Folkestone in Kent and Wincher's Stance was one of his last works.

Whatever you think of the name there is something unmistakeably Glasgow about it.

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