7 Things You Didn’t Know About Kilmarnock

This June we are focusing on the Town of Kilmarnock. Well known for its pies, its whiskey and its football team but there might be one or two things you don’t know about the second largest town in Ayrshire.

We decided to dig a little deeper and bring you seven things you might not know about Kilmarnock.

1.The Proclaimers Wrote a Song About Kilmarnock

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That right the song “The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues” appears on the 1987 album “This is the Story”


“I’m not going to talk about doubts and confusion

On a night when I can see with my eyes shut

I’d never been to Ayrshire

I hitched down one Saturday

Sixty miles to Kilmarnock

To see Hibernian play

The day was bright and sunny

But the game I won’t relay

And there was no Kilmarnock bunnet

To make me want to stay”


Okay, it’s not all about Kilmarnock but it features on the same album as “Letter From America.” The pair must’ve travelled down to see Hibs take on Killie at Rugby Park.

2.“Ballroom Blitz” Was Inspired by Kilmarnock.

Kilmarock facts the sweet ballroom blitz


The Sweet played the Grand Hall in 1973 but we don’t think they expected the reaction they received.

The band sparked a riot in the hall and they were met with flying projectiles and women screaming so loud no one could hear the music. Rumour has it that The Sweet were a “manufactured” group similar to The Monkees and these guys apparently didn’t play their instruments and the spectators didn’t take too kindly to this fact.

The song “Ballroom Blitz” became a worldwide hit hitting the number one spot in Canada, number two in the UK and number five in the US. At least something good came out of getting chased off the stage all those years ago. The song appeared as a cover version in one of our favourite films “Waynes World”

A bit of advice for anyone who has a gig booked in Killie, miming doesn’t go down well with this crowd.

3. Jay from the Inbetweeners.

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Back in 2012 actor James Buckley married local Killie lass Clair Meek in 2012.

Buckley who is most known for his portrayal of lovable rubbish talker Jay Cartwright from The Inbetweeners lived in Kilmarnock for a time after the two were married. 


4. Maire Osmond is a Killie fan!

Kilmarnock facts Marie Osmond


That’s right. Marie Osmond of The Osmonds in a fan of Kilmarnock FC.

In 2013 Marie turned up to Rugby Park before a gig in the SECC to sing “Paper Roses” to some of Killie’s die-hard fans.

The song was adopted by the club and Marie was approached by a fan, Robert Morton at a meet and greet with the singer

“I went to Las Vegas for a holiday, took two signed Kilmarnock tops and managed to buy meet and greet tickets and get her to sign them and told her a little about Paper Roses being our song and she’s been following us ever since.”

Osmond isn’t the only famous Killie fan out there, wrestling legend Brett “The Hitman” Hart even sent Killie a video to celebrate their 150th anniversary.




5. Engine Number 6

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Kilmarnock even has a tie in with that little blue engine Thomas.

The Railway Series written by  Rev. Wilbert Awdry has inspired countless television shows and movies adored by children all over the globe and features a character called Duncan, Engine Number 6.

In the story, Duncan was built by Andrew Barclay and Sons an engineering firm in Kilmarnock and was sold secondhand to Sodor as a spare engine, as the workload was too much for Sir Handel and Peter Sam to manage unassisted.

6. Biffy Clyro

biffy clyro kilmarnock facts

We’re pretty sure everyone in Ayrshire knows this one but its still something to celebrate but two-thirds of Scottish Rock Outfit Biffy Clyro are from Kilmarnock.


Twins Ben and James Johnstone are both originally from Kille. Biffy Clyro has sold millions of record around the globe.


7. The Indian Film “Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat

Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat filmed in kilmarnock facts


The Indian film, Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat released in 2001 features a scene filmed in Kilmarnock. The scene was filmed at “Mount House” and the film also features some recognisable Ayrshire landmark such as Culzean Castle.


There you have it, seven things you might not have known about Kilmarnock and here is a little bit of bonus information. If you are a resident of Kilmarnock or even the wider East Ayrshire you could join 1st Alliance Credit Union today and reap some massive benefits.


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