A week on Saturday marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong took one small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind as he became the first person to walk on the Moon.

But few may realise that the Apollo 11 commander actually touched down a bit closer to home just a few years later when he visited Dumbarton.

On October 9, 1974 he flew into Glasgow Airport before travelling to the town where he was taken on a tour of the Westclox factory.

He was shown round by John Santos, the vice president of General Time International Ltd, the company that made the quartz timepieces used on the moon missions.

The Strathleven Westclox factory, which closed in 1988, was the international headquarters of the firm.

Following the tour, he had lunch in the Dumbuck Hotel before travelling into Glasgow, where he gave a talk to a group of schoolchildren.

He later attended a dinner at the Lomond Castle Hotel.

Also present with Neil in Glasgow and Dumbarton was the astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, the presenter of the long-running BBC show The Sky At Night.

Following his death in August 2012 at the age of 82, John Santos’ widow Anne shared her recollection of the visit.

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She recalled that he was a charming, very quiet man and unassuming man, who felt he "ought to come to places like this because people wished to meet or see him".