david_macdonald_150_170HELENSBURGH-BORN David MacDonald was a director of British films who trained in Hollywood.

Born in 1904, he made some good thrillers — and the occasional comedy — in the late 1930s and immediate post-war years, but seemed to lose his touch after the Christopher Columbus (1949) disaster.

gis-jon-peaty-wA MUCH admired feature of the exhibition held by Helensburgh Heritage Trust in April 2007 to mark the centenary of the birth of burgh artist Gregor Ian Smith was an excellent portrait of him by Jon Peaty.

The property of Helensburgh and District Art Club, it was lent to exhibition organisers Helensburgh Heritage Trust for display and also for use as a publicity image.

colquhoun-casketA WEDDING Casket presented by the people of Helensburgh to local laird Sir James Colquhoun and his wife to mark their marriage in 1904 was sold at auction on May 4 2006.

In the Fine Decorative Arts & Design from 1870 Sale at Sotheby’s in London, the casket, designed by Edward Spencer and executed by Charles Moxey and Robert Fergusson of the Artificers’ Guild, was bought by an un-named buyer for £48,000.

deborah-kerr277-wHELENSBURGH'S most famous film star Deborah Kerr, who died on October 16 2006 at the age of 86, was regarded in Hollywood as a typical English rose . . . refined and reserved.

But of course Deborah Jane Kerr Trimmer was born on September 30 1921 to Arthur Charles (Jack to his friends) Trimmer, a civil engineer, and his wife Kathleen Rose (known to her family as Colleen or Coll), when they lived in Helensburgh, and spent her early years in the town.

A.J.CroninONE of the most successful BBC television and radio series produced in the 1960s was 'Dr Finlay's Casebook', which was based on stories written by A.J.Cronin, who was born in Cardross and spent part of his childhood in Helensburgh.

Dr Archibald Joseph Cronin was born at Rosebank, a cottage just outside and to the west of Cardross, on July 19 1896.

widdowson_cartoonONE work of art which was not on show in Helensburgh Heritage Trust's 2007 Gregor Ian Smith Exhibition at Helensburgh Library was a watercolour caricature of the late John B.Widdowson during his time as the last headmaster of Larchfield Boys Prepatory School in Colquhoun Street.

The reason, his son Andrew says, is that no-one knows the fate of the caricature, which was completed about 1970 by the artist when he was art master at the school which was later merged with St Bride's School for Girls to form Lomond School.

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A FORMER pupil of Helensburgh's Lomond School, Lee Bisset, is now one of Britain’s established opera and concert singers.

Daughter of Jack and Jennifer Bisset from Inverbeg on Loch Lomondside, Lee studied singing while at school with Anne Lyons and piano with Jean Kelso, at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, for several years in Italy with Romolo Castiglioniand at the Royal Northern College of Music.

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