DURING its 200 years as a town, Helensburgh has had a number or private schools — particularly for nursery age children.

Helensburgh Heritage Trust has received an inquiry from Robert Whitton, in Edinburgh, who has been researching one such school, Miss Ottman’s, and has unearthed much of the family tree.

AN ELDERLY Australian is trying to find out more about his family who lived in the Kilcreggan area until they emigrated Down Under in 1877.

Don Anderson, who is in his 80s, has already done a lot of research, and he is very keen to find the last few pieces of the family jigsaw and whether there are still any family members living locally.

A HANDSOME silver medal found in America focussed attention on the history of cycling in the Helensburgh area.

It was found by Lesli Hiller, of Long Island, New York, among her grandparents belongings.

THE 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944 which changed the course of World War Two was marked that evening, June 6, by a special concert in Helensburgh’s Victoria Hall.

And it was attended by 95 year-old burgh woman Jean Holland, a young serving Wren at the time of D-Day and former Helensburgh citizen of the year, who was given a round of applause by the large audience.

MYSTERY surrounds a Helensburgh man who is credited with having invented the electric gramophone pickup.

Burgh-born Charles Johnson sold the patent for the pickup to record giants HMV in 1929.

A LIFETIME achievement award has been presented to the secretary of Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Gropl.

Mary Haggarty, who is also secretary of the local Community Council, was presented with the Hannah Stirling National Park Award by the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.

THE FRIENDS of Hermitage Park and Helensburgh Heritage Trust have received a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the War Memorial Families Project in Helensburgh.

Awarded through its 'First World War: then and now' programme, the project will focus on researching and creating biographies of all the men of the town named on the memorial in Hermitage Park who were killed in World War One.

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