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A FORMER pupil of Helensburgh’s Lomond School opened her fifth solo art exhibition at the Portland Gallery in London’s Mayfair on Thursday November 11 2010.

Kirsty Wither, who was a boarder at the burgh school while her Army officer father and his wife, a potter, moved from posting to posting, is now a very successful artist with work varying from flowers to nudes to landscapes.

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A NEW exhibition entitled 'Glasgow Electric at 50: 1960–2010' opened on Friday November 5 at the city's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

In 1960 the iconic and much-loved 'Blue Train' was introduced as the first electric commuter train serving Helensburgh.

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AN American author who spent 18 years researching and writing the story of a man from a Glen Fruin farming family who became a Mormon in 1848, emigrated to America six years later, then fled from his religion, visited the glen in October 2010.

Historian Polly Aird, who lives in Seattle, Washington, wrote ‘Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector, A Scottish Immigrant in the American West, 1848-61' about her great great uncle Peter McAuslan and his wife Agnes.

Deborah-Kerr-biography-coverHELENSBURGH’S iconic film star Deborah Kerr, who died in 2007, is once again the focus of media attention this autumn.

She is the subject of a retrospective at the British Film Institute on London‘s Southbank in partnership with the Independent newspaper from September 1 to October 13, and a new biography will be published on October 20.

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HELENSBURGH-born actress Morven Christie opened on Tuesday October 26 in a new National Theatre production on London's South Bank.

She is appearing in Ena Lamont Stewart's 'Men Should Weep", described as a moving and funny portrayal of impoverished 1930s Glasgow, a raw salute to the human spirit, at the Lyttelton Theatre. It is expected to run into January 2011 and stars among others comic actress Karen Dunlop.

Robin-Bird-Billy-Petrie-25.08.10-wRETIRED local newspaper editor Robin Bird, who is writing his second book about the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Helensburgh, Rhu and Glen Fruin, visited the district in August 2010.

Robin, whose late father Bob was a photographer at the MAEE, also known as RAF Helensburgh, when it was in the district during World War Two, is the man who has lifted the veil of secrecy about the establishment in recent years.

Karen-Ondrasek-05.08.10-wTHIS Helensburgh Heritage Trust website attracts many inquiries from abroad — usually about family history.

One email inquiry early in 2010 came from Karen Ondrasek, a financial controller in Dayton, Ohio, and in early August she took it a step further by coming to stay for two nights at Rhu’s Rosslea Hall Hotel as she researched her roots.

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