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Livadia-wAN EXHIBITION celebrating the life and work of Helensburgh architect and artist William Leiper opened in Glasgow on Friday May 27 — the centenary of his death.

The Leiper Gallery at 117 West George Street is hosting the exhibition, entitled ‘Introduction to the Electric City’, until Sunday August 28 as a partner of the Festival of Architecture 2016.

Jutland-posterHELENSBURGH will commemorate the great World War One naval Battle of Jutland this weekend . . . a fortnight early.

The commemorations — a joint venture by the Royal British Legion Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council — begin on Saturday with a Parade leaving the pier car park at 1.30pm, followed by a Drumhead Service in Colquhoun Square.

Lee-Stetson-photo-1-April-2016THE US National Parks Service Centennial Celebrations are being marked in Helensburgh and on Loch Lomondside.

As part of the celebrations, the Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for Scotland’s first National Park, are coordinating a series of events involving US National Parks 'Centennial Ambassador', Lee Stetson (pictured).

St-Peters-SeminaryEASTER SUNDAY was the final evening of the ten day run of Hinterland at the former St Peter's Seminary above Cardross.

With a good public response and the news of £4.2 million in funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland, considerable optimism emerged, the organisers say.

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A FORMER Helensburgh schoolboy, now in his early 80s and living in Southampton, has appealed to Helensburgh Heritage Trust for help in his quest to find any other family members.

Patrick Alexander Baird wrote: "I have lost all contact with my family for 60 years plus. My parents passed away when I was young and I have no contact with any family members since I was a teenager.

BBC FACTUAL is currently producing a one-hour history programme for BBC 2 with the working title of ‘Britain’s Nuclear Weapons’ — and they are asking Helensburgh and district people for memories.

The focus is the critical years from 1957-62, in which the film tells the story of the forces that dictated Britain’s nuclear weapons policy and tries to uncover the true cost of maintaining the ‘special relationship’ with America.

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A TOTAL of £4.2m in grants has secured the future of St Peter’s Seminary near Cardross, which is regarded as one of Europe’s greatest modernist buildings.

The Heritage Lottery Fund award will mark Scotland’s Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design, and aims to breathe new life into the derelict St Peter’s Seminary transforming it, and the estate surrounding it, into a unique arts venue and heritage destination.

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