HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust's first meeting of the 2012-13 winter season had four speakers instead of the expected one.
A good attendance in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday September 26 were expecting to listen to the Trust's hon president, Malcolm Baird, speak about how his father, John Logie Baird, related television to print. However Professor Baird had a very sore throat, and his talk was read for him by Trust chairman Stewart Noble.
Afterwards Professor Baird, who was paying a brief visit to the town before returning to his home in Canada, answered some questions on the talk, entitled 'Print versus Television: from Baird to McLuhan', and then invited Dr Douglas Brown to talk about his latest book about the TV inventer, the recently published 'The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird'.
Finally Helensburgh archaeologist Fiona Baker revealed that she had organised an excavation at the former town rubbish dump at Colgrain which is on the site of the new Waitrose superstore. She is hoping to find bottles and jars produced by town shops and businesses of the past, and is looking for volunteers to help clean and catalogue whatever she finds.
The talk by Professor Baird, who is is pictured with Dr Brown, will be available soon on this website. Photo by Donald Fullarton.