Share your Hillington memories to celebrate 80th anniversary
The 80th anniversary of Hillington Park will be celebrated this year and we’re looking for stories and memories for a special edition of the Hillington Herald in autumn.

The Park which opened in 1938, has been home to thousands of workers in the last eight decades many with unique and interesting anecdotes about work and life here.

Scotland’s first industrial estate, Hillington Park doubled in size in 1939 after Air Ministry war planners decided to set up a ‘shadow’ aero engine manufacturing facility for the Rolls Royce Merlin engines that powered the Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes.

At its peak, the Rolls Royce factory employed 25,000 people, turning out 400 engines each week – a total of 23,500 engines, or 14% of the total Merlin production. Although German reconnaissance photographed the facility, the factory was never targeted by bombers, and it was only in 2003 that Rolls Royce began a two-year operation to close its Hillington factory.

Today, we are home to 8,500 employees working in a range of sectors including our automotive services cluster, manufacturing, engineering, logistics and food and drink.

We would love to hear your stories about working, setting up your business or maybe even meeting your partner right here on the Park!

Please contact Louise O’Connell with your memories on 0141 891 8294 or by email at [email protected]

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