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Gordon opens Civic Centre

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Civic-Centre-1-01.03.16-wHELENSBURGH and Lomond Civic Centre was officially opened on Tuesday March 1 by the town's British no.1 wheelchair tennis champion, Gordon Reid.

The East Clyde Street complex combines the old Clyde Street School, later the Clyde Community Education Centre, and new-build offices for some 140 Argyll ad Bute Council staff.

Guests were welcomed to the ceremony in the Marriage Room in the former school by Argyll and Bute Provost Len Scoullar, who was wearing the Helensburgh Provost chain of office for the occasion.

He introduced Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi MSP— who has many family links with the burgh — and he welcomed the success of the ambitious project.

He said: “The centre is an example and lesson for others in dealing constructively with older buildings, and in putting people at the heart of developments. It brings a number of council services together in one place. It looks stunning. It’s a gem.”

Gordon, who won his first Grand Slam singles title in Australia earlier this year, recalled that his earliest tennis was the short form of the game in classes run in the school by the late Will and Margaret Steuart Corry of Helensburgh Lawn Tennis Club.

Civic-Centre-3-01.03.16-wHe formally declared the Civic Centre open, and was presented with a quaich by the council's deputy leader, Councillor Ellen Morton.

Gordon said: “I am very pleased to have been asked to do this. I know what a great place Helensburgh is, and would like to say thanks for all the local support I get.

“I hope that young people growing up here just now might use the fact that I’ve been able to achieve what I wanted to do, to determine to get the success they want for their lives.”

Helensburgh and Lomond area committee chairman Councillor Gary Mulvaney said: “This project has been all about providing the public with easy access to the council services they need. It is a major, multi million pound investment by the council in Helensburgh.

"Its official opening today marks another key milestone in our commitment to support our communities through regeneration.”

Councillor Morton — who like Councillor Mulvaney originally voted to demolish the old school — also paid tribute to Helensburgh Heritage Trust and the Anderson and Templeton Trusts for their assistance with the heritage aspects of the project.

The Heritage Trust has filled nine display cases in the main hall area of the old school, and the Anderson (Local Collection) Trust is loaning four works of art for the Marriage Room.

  • Photos by Donald Fullarton.

 

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First 2017-18 Winter Open Meeting

John Hume-wThe first Winter Open Meeting will be held at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh, at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 27. Professor John Hume will speak on the history of local churches. All welcome.

Winter Talks 2017-18

  • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
  • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
  • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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