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Love song for 'most dismal' town

Cumbernauld centre
The town's old shopping centre was voted Britain's most hated building

A Scottish musician has penned a love song dedicated to a town described as the "most dismal" in Scotland.

Carolyn McGoldrick is releasing Cumbernauld: A Love Song to raise money for children with cancer.

The former resident of the infamous Lanarkshire town was given a cultural grant by North Lanarkshire Council to fund the recording of the single.

She said she wrote the song as a reaction to all the publicity the town had suffered in recent years.

The song is currently available to download from Carolyn's website and is being released on CD in the next few weeks.

The proceeds from sales will go to CLICSargent, a charity that cares for children and young people with cancer.

It features the line: "I hear the way they say your days of 'What's it called?' are numbered, Cumbernauld."

Carolyn told BBC Scotland: "I grew up in Cumbernauld and am proud of that fact.

"I wrote the song as a response to all the unwanted awards the town has had over the last few years."

She added: "What is there not to love about the town?"

Carolyn hit the headlines in 2006 when she applied to North Lanarkshire council for a cultural grant of 2,000 to help fund the song.

Shopping centre

She was awarded the cash and used it to record the single and make a music video.

Cumbernauld has twice won the Carbuncle, or Plook on the Plinth, award for Scotland's "most dismal" town centre.

In 2005 the town's old shopping centre topped a poll of buildings the British public would most like to see demolished.

However, in recent years the Lanarkshire town appeared to have won itself some fans.

Last year it featured a list of Scotland's top 10 most treasured places.

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