Heroes Centre opens in town

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Heroes-Centre-wHELENSBURGH'S new Heroes Centre opened to the public today to celebrate the town’s past and give a taste of the project’s future.

Nine years after the idea was first proposed by Phil Worms, it became a concrete reality after a benefactor ‘literally fell out of the sky’.

The base at 28 Sinclair Street features an exhibition area and visitor centre, with gifts on sale, while a 50s-style Hucksters Café — named after the film which saw Helensburgh-born Deborah Kerr make her breakthrough — will open soon.

The Heroes charity’s chairman, Professor Michael Baker, said that the current premises had been leased for two years to show what could be achieved.

“We want to celebrate the past and show that anybody can be a hero, if only for a day,” he said. “To do this we now need to mobilise support from the community.

“We thought we needed to have this piece of physical evidence to show people what we might do.”

Fellow trustee Phil Worms said that phase two of the project, featuring training and an incubation space for business start-ups, would start soon.

“There is only one John Logie Baird or Henry Bell, but there may be another yachting hero like Emma Richards or wheelchair tennis star like Gordon Reid among us,” he said.

“The question that has always been at the heart of this for me — is what can you do in this town as a young person?

“Could we not do something where young people can congregate with their mates and chill out?”

The former RB Steel premises are open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm.

  • Photo by Heritage Trust director Robert Ryan.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 December 2017 19:18 )  

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First 2019 Open Meeting

LocalHistory-wAt the first Open Meeting of 2019 at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday January 30 at 7.30pm Trust directors will tell the stories relating to several local images from bygone years.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story

 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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