FOR years Airdrie and Coatbridge have been known as the industrial heartlands of North Lanarkshire. But today, as part of our � week-long series on the history of Monklands, Catriona Stewart looks at the hidden gems attracting tourists to the area. From a walk in the park to a close encounter with the planets, there�s more to the two towns than meets the eye.

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FOR as long as he can remember Paul Clark has been obsessed with the night sky. Now 38, the dad-of-three had his first star-gazing experience at Airdrie's observatory when he was just a boy of nine.

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