EVEN when they are not on the River Clyde the shipyard workers of Glasgow are still in demand.

The workers ensuring the final construction phase of the aircraft carriers at Rosyth have headed east from the city to carry on the work that began at the Govan and Scotstoun yards.

Built in sections, the carriers represent one of the biggest contracts the city has seen, keeping thousands in work for many years.

The future of the Clyde yards is still being decided, with Govan looking likely to close to concentrate production, with the same number of workers, at Scotstoun.

Owner BAE and the UK Government know the Clyde is the best place to build warships in the future and the company has no plans to build elsewhere, although a final decision by the Government on the latest order for Type 26 frigates is not being made until later this year, after the independence referendum.

The yards are of great importance to Glasgow, providing jobs apprenticeships and contracts further down the supply chain for many more workers.

The carriers are further proof, if it were needed, that the long tradition of Clyde-built excellence is alive and well in Glasgow and should remain so for many years to come.