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3._row_on_the_gareloch_-_allan__ferguson THE Anderson Trust annual exhibition for 2009 is a joint venture with Helensburgh Photographic Club entitled ‘Then and Now’.

The exhibition opened to the public on Saturday January 17 after a private ceremony the previous evening, and is on view until June in Helensburgh Library in West King Street during normal library hours.

stephen_park_gb_picHELENSBURGH man Stephen Park, manager of the British Olympic sailing team at Beijing, is to receive the OBE.

The award, announced in the New Year's Honours List and one of many for the highly successful Olympic team, is for services to sport.

blue_cruklogoA HELENSBURGH charity shop’s funds have been boosted by more than £1,000 . . . thanks to an old book.

Caroline O’Brien, a staff member at the Cancer Research UK shop in Sinclair Street, found a rare first edition novel dating back to 1788 as she sorted through a bag of donations.

Rhu-Memorial-2-20.11.12-wTHE highly secret Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment located in Helensburgh and Rhu during the Second World War played a vital role, and the lives of some of its staff were lost.

Yet it is not commemorated in the Helensburgh area. The hub of the MAEE, Rhu Hangars, still exists today as the media centre for HM Naval Base Clyde, but nowhere is any tribute paid to the organisation or its staff.

craigrownie-castle-wONE of Cove and Kilcreggan’s largest and most historic buildings, Craigrownie Castle, is on sale with a price tag of £795,000.

Savills Glasgow are marketing the castle, which dates from 1854 and is the only castle designed by famous architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. He was 34 at the time.

lee_bisset_with_gryffOPERA and concert singer Lee Bisset from Inverbeg on Loch Lomondside returned home in December to star in a Christmas Gala in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Popular TV presenter and newsreader Angela Rippon introduced the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival, a concert of merry festive favourites and classic carols, on Tuesday December 16 — and she also played an anvil in the performance of a Leroy Anderson piece.

baird-transmitterHELENSBURGH-born John Logie Baird changed the world by inventing the television set . . . and on October 3 2008 his grandson returned to Scotland to launch a search for Scotland's oldest working TV set.

Ian Logie Baird — son of Helensburgh Heritage Trust president Malcolm Baird — is at the forefront of the campaign to get Scotland switched over to digital television, due to take place for the majority of viewers in 2010 and 2011.

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