"Cumbernauld is situated 15 miles north east of Glasgow, with Kilsyth a near neighbour to its north across the river Kelvin. The former town grew to accommodate the overspill of Glasgow's population and was granted new town status in 1956. It is typically uncompromising in appearance, made up of concrete and council estates, and despite a mass sell-off of council housing in the 1980s more than a third of homes are still council-rented. Both towns are predominantly working-class, and both are home to varied light industries. Kilsyth's only claim to fame is being the (reputed) home of the first Scottish potatoes, early in the eighteenth century.