Streets of Glasgow: Dixon Street

a street sign stating Dixon Street on a white brick wall.
Dison Street: a street sign stating Dixon Street on a white brick wall.
looking up a street with blue temporary buildings and hoardings on the left, white and grey buildings on the right. On a gable end is a mural of a man with his arm up in the air. It depicts Billy Connolly.
Dixon Street: looking up a street with blue temporary buildings and hoardings on the left, white and grey buildings on the right. On a gable end is a mural of a man with his arm up in the air. It depicts Billy Connolly.

Dixon Street is a back street in the city centre, most known because it has a Billy Connolly mural on a gable end. That mural, the work of Jack Vettriano showing the Big Yin windswept and interesting on a Caithness clifftop, might have been too austere for a bright, autumnal Glasgow day, though of course it can be like that in Glasgow and indeed in Wick in October too. Building works were ongoing and people were sat in the beer garden underneath the mural. Earlier I had thought of the beer garden and a Janey Godley video from a few months back came into my head. Advertising hoardings covered the building works, some advertising the TV serial killer drama Des starring David Tennant, others with old photographs of the street and the Clydeside more generally. Those were particularly welcome. It was a busy stretch, builders, drinkers and a busker towards St. Enoch Subway singing some acoustic singer-songwriter pish. If it hadn’t been sunny, it might have been something else. No matter. Dixon Street was brief but busy, cosmopolitan with a hint of change soon to come.

Thanks for reading. Dixon Street is the seventy sixth Streets of Glasgow walk here on Walking Talking. Nearby streets featured here previously include Argyle Street, Clyde Street, Buchanan Street, Oswald Street and Mitchell Street as well as the Broomielaw which featured in Intercity. The Streets of Glasgow page has a list of them all.

The mural of Billy Connolly has featured in Loose Ends too and I wrote about them also here not long after they were first unveiled.

The Saturday Saunter will resume here on Saturday. Another Streets of Glasgow post will appear next week.

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