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elspeth_mcleanA 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.

new year swim group099THE annual New Year Swim at Rhu Marina at noon on January 1 each year continues a near 100 year-old tradition in the Helensburgh area.

Originally the swim at New Year was one of a series of sea swims held throughout the year in the Helensburgh area, including the Craigendoran Two Pier Swim from Craigendoran Pier to Helensburgh and the Rosneath Swim from Kidston Park to Rosneath.

1912-hltc-group-webHELENSBURGH Lawn Tennis Club was established in 1884 at Suffolk Street on a field presented by ex-Provost Alexander Breingan.

Since then it has continued to flourish.

helensburgh-fc-wA BRIEF history of Helensburgh Football Club has been put together, mainly from newspaper archives, but also from two people who attended home matches.

Looking through the newspaper archive there are no games recorded for Helensburgh FC between 1886-89. The club was a founder member of the Scottish Football League division three in 1923 and left the League when the third division was disbanded near the end of the 1925/26 season, although they continued to play in other leagues.