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Blochairn
Blochairn is located in Glasgow council area
Blochairn
Blochairn
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS614663
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CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG21
Dialling code0141
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Scottish Parliament
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55°52′12″N 4°13′00″W / 55.8699°N 4.2166°W / 55.8699; -4.2166Coordinates: 55°52′12″N 4°13′00″W / 55.8699°N 4.2166°W / 55.8699; -4.2166

Blochairn (/blɒˈxɛərn/, Scottish Gaelic: Baile a' Chàirn, lit.'Town of the Cairn') is a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow, situated north of the River Clyde.

The district lies on either side of the main Blochairn Road. In 1969 the Blochairn Fruit Market opened there, next to a junction on the M8. The market occupies 32 acres (13 ha) and has 74 fruit and vegetable stalls and six fish stalls; it also handles flowers. It operates 24 hours a day and handles over two million tons of produce per year; it is used by caterers and food processors throughout central and western Scotland and also in Northern Ireland and Northern England.[1] It has been Scotland's largest outdoor market since the closure of Ingliston Market in Edinburgh.[citation needed]

The Fruit Market was previously located near Glasgow Cross. When it was relocated, the housing in the area, which was prefabricated and contained asbestos, was removed.[citation needed] The local pub, the Blochairn Bar, known as 'The Budgie', in 1978 was the first pub in Scotland to be granted extended licensing hours, from 8am to 11pm, to serve the market shift workers.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Huge warehouse blaze in Glasgow brought under control". BBC News. 17 August 2017.
  2. ^ Cited at "The Blochairn Tavern (The Budgie)". Old Glasgow Pubs. Retrieved 17 August 2017.