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joe_orourke.jpgA HELENSBURGH singer with a real talent was much mourned when he died from cancer in February 1945 at the age of only 35.

Joseph O'Rourke — known to all as Joe — was the ninth of the fourteen children of mason's labourer James O'Rourke and his wife Hannah, who were married in the burgh on September 16 1892 and lived at 6 Maitland Street.

eilidh-steel-w.jpgA YOUNG Helensburgh fiddle player and singer is already making an international name for herself as a traditional musician.

Eilidh Steel, whose parents have lived all their married life in Ardencaple Quadrant in the house her grandparents lived, started playing the fiddle at the age of six —  after seeing a fiddle being played when she was four and begging dad Frank to buy her one.

margaret-fay-shaw-w.jpgWHEN  a young American girl arrived at Helensburgh’s St Bride’s School in 1921, it was the surprising start of a life’s work in Gaelic folklore.

Dr Margaret Fay Shaw, who died in 2004 at the age of 101, was one of the most notable collectors of authentic Scottish Gaelic song and traditions in the 20th century.

elsie_park_gowan.jpgA HELENSBURGH woman who died in Edmonton, Canada, in 1999 is still revered in that country as an educator, actress and playwright.

Elsie Park Young was born in Mavisbank Terrace in the burgh on September 9 1905, daughter of chemist Robert Young and his wife Elizabeth Muir Park, who had married in Glasgow on December 7 the previous year.

ted_trimmer.jpgMASSES of information is available about Helensburgh’s iconic film star Deborah Kerr . . . but few of her fans know much about the interesting life and tragic death of her young brother.

A bow tie-wearing journalist and TV news executive who covered the Aberfan disaster and many other important stories, Edmund ‘Ted’ Charles Trimmer died on August 23 2004 after a road rage incident.

Morven-Christie-SurvivorsA HELENSBURGH-born actress has become a well known TV, film and theatre performer.

Morven Christie was born in 1979, but only lived locally for a few months until her family moved to Glasgow.

deborah-kerr-1972TV INVENTOR John Logie Baird peers out over the seafront at the foot of William Street in Helensburgh, Henry Bell has an obelisk at the foot of James Street, and his Comet artefacts have recently been restored to the East Bay grass after the Scottish Water works.

But the town does not mark the achievements of its two most famous film and theatre stars, Deborah Kerr and Jack Buchanan.

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