Workers' towering achievement

BUNNETS instead of hard hats, boiler suits and 'jaikets' instead of hi-vis vests and ordinary, leather-soled shoes instead of work boots - there was precious-little sign of any health and safety rules as these guys added the finishing touches to Tate's Tower at the 1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition.

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The tower, which sat atop Ibrox Hill in Bellahouston Park, stood 300 feet tall (91.44m) and had three separate observation decks which provided a view of the surrounding gardens and city. The tower could be seen dozens of miles away.

Designed by Thomas S Tait, it took just nine weeks to build and was meant to remain as a lasting monument to the exhibition. Sadly, with the onset of war, it was felt it would act as a beacon to Nazi bombers and was demolished in 1939. Today, only its foundations remain.

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