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Stan-Sismey-wTHE ASHES series — the dramatic encounters between England’s cricket team and the Australians — has a link with Helensburgh.

Only cricket buffs will know of Australian wicket keeper Stan Sismey, but he served as a test pilot at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two.

Bobby-McGregor-wA 1964 Olympic silver  medalist swimmer spent his infant years in Helensburgh and returned in his 40s to make his home in the town.

But contrary to what is stated on a number of websites, Robert Bilsland McGregor MBE was not born in the burgh — he was actually born in Glasgow on April 3 1944.

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ONE of Scotland’s best-known football celebrities made his home in Helensburgh in 1983 and has lived in the burgh ever since. 

Former player and manager, now a football pundit, Murdo MacLeod is one of the most likeable, popular and respected figures in the game today.

Hermitage-Bowling-ClubTHE early records of Helensburgh’s Hermitage Park Bowling Club have been lost, but it is known how the bowling green 'for the workers' came into being.

The green was formed on what was formerly the mill pond for the Malig Mill, which stood at the rear of the Victoria Hall.

Garelochs-wONE of the most famous classes of small yachts in the world is the Gareloch class — known to all as the Gareloch Goddesses.

The Gareloch Yacht Club was founded after the First World War to encourage yachting in and around the Loch. Originally this was on a handicap basis.

Harry-Bolton-cutout-wONE of the best cricketers in the history of the Helensburgh club was, in the tradition of the sport in yesteryear, a player, not a gentleman.

So he was known to all as Bolton, not Harry Bolton.

bobby-brown-2-16.12.09-wTHE football manager who led Scotland to victory over newly-crowned world champions England in 1967 has lived in Helensburgh for nearly 50 years. 

Bobby Brown — a very successful player himself — became a national hero when his team beat Sir Alf Ramsay's men at Wembley 3-2 in their first match after winning the Jules Rimet Trophy the previous year.

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