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Catriona LeMay Doan: speed skater

THE GREAT BRITAIN team returned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea with their best ever medal haul of one gold and four bronze . . . but four Winter Games earlier the grand-daughter of a Helensburgh chemist was completing a back to back gold medal triumph.

Speed skater Catriona Ann Le May Doan — known to all as Cat — was the first Canadian to achieve a gold medal at successive Winter Olympics, triumphing in the 500m distance in Nagano, Japan, where she also won a 1000m bronze, and Salt Lake City in Canada.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 April 2018 17:05 )

 

Top rugby player became ref

A HELENSBURGH man whose international rugby playing career was interrupted by the Second World War went on to become a top referee. 

The late W.Copland W.Murdoch, or Copey to all who knew him, played for Scotland both before and after the war, and his name became famous in Scottish rugby circles.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:19 )

Helensburgh hosted international

IT would be surprising to think of Helensburgh as a Hampden Park or a Murrayfield with Scotland playing England . . . but it happened on Saturday May 22 1965.

In almost constant rain, Craighelen Tennis Club hosted an international tennis match between the two countries and — as forecast — Scotland were hammered by 7 rubbers to 1 by an English team which included future Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 13:07 )

Helensburgh Highland Games revived

HELENSBURGH held a Highland Games in June 2008 at Ardencaple after a 56-year absence — and now it has become an annual event again.

The previous Helensburgh Highland Games was held on Saturday July 26 1952 at what was then known as Camis Eskan Park, and the second last was at the same venue on Saturday July 23 1949.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 June 2010 18:12 )

Tennis at 70

A REMARKABLE 70 year-old from Rhu retired in 2007 after fifty years working for the National Health Service — but she is still a tennis player and coach.

When Elspeth MacLean said “I don't intend to sit around during retirement”, it was very much an understatement.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:58 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

WW1 Centenary logoIn the second Winter Open Meeting at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 31 David Clark will talk about Helensburgh at the time of the World War One Armistice.

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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