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Kidston-bandstand-old-wTHE announcement of plans to restore the bandstand on Helensburgh seafront at Kidston Park is good news from a heritage perspective.

Whatever the pros and cons of the controversial housing development at nearby Cumberland Avenue, the bandstand project is a significant ‘planning gain’ which will be welcomed by local people and visitors alike.

Bird-and-Bruce-wTHE exploits of a Helensburgh cat which joined an RAF crew during the Second World War have been recognised with a bravery award.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals charity awarded a special posthumous commendation to Pyro, which was adopted by Wallasey photographer Bob Bird when he was stationed at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment base at Helensburgh and Rhu.

Stephen-Conroy-Nude-Study-wA PAINTING of particular interest to Helensburgh and district was on show and for sale at the Christmas Exhibition at Ewan Mundy Fine Art in Glasgow from November 28 to December 22. 

'Nude Study', by highly regarded Helensburgh artist Stephen Conroy, is an 18 x 14 inches charcoal drawing on paper which was originally purchased at the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show in 1987, the year it was drawn.

Rosina-Drew-wCentenarian Rosina Drew was a major benefactress in Helensburgh and Rhu. 

This picture of her was found during the summer of 2011 when a house in the Kansas-Missouri area of the United States was being cleared. It was sold on ebay to an anonymous Helensburgh buyer.

Rev-Dane-Sherard-wLUSS has, for many years, been known as Scotland’s prettiest village ... but now it is Scotland’s first green city!

The Loch Lomondside village represented Scotland at the Green Pilgrim City Launch and Celebration at Assisi, Italy, at the start of November 2011.

Guthrie-drawingA WORK of art by one of the famous Glasgow Boys was uncovered recently in Rosneath.

The drawing, on tiles above a fireplace, features a ship in full sail and a number of Scottish sayings and proverbs.

Rosemount-29.08.11-wA DESCENDANT of a Buchanan family which left Helensburgh for the United States in the 1920s searched for any relatives living locally, but found none. 

Tom Smith lives in the famous Californian town of San Jose with his wife, and his four grown-up daughters all live nearby.

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