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'Steaming in' to attract tourists

Children chasing Steam engine
The engine is normally housed at the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

A working antique steam engine has rolled into Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow in a bid to boost tourism in Lanarkshire.

The antique engine, known as Tigger, is normally found at the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge.

It was used to launch VisitLanarkshire's autumn campaign.

Tourism bosses want to encourage more people from the city to visit the attractions "on their doorsteps."

They hope families will look beyond what Glasgow alone has to offer and come to Lanarkshire for days out.

David Carroll, of the Lanarkshire Tourism Marketing Partnership, said: "The Tigger traction engine is a fantastic example of Lanarkshire's industrial heritage, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the county every year.

"Lanarkshire has something for all the family and it's important for us to promote our area so that as many people from throughout west central Scotland get a chance to experience the hours of fun available on their doorsteps this autumn."

A website devoted to promoting tourist attractions in Lanarkshire was launched in the summer.

The region is home to two of Scotland's five UNESCO World Heritage Sites - New Lanark and the Antoine Wall.

Other attractions include Chatelherault and Calderglen Country Parks, the National Museum of Rural Life and M&D's theme park.

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