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ONE of the highlights of the Bicentenary celebrations in Helensburgh is the Henry Bell and the Comet Exhibition, lovingly compiled in 2002 by Bell enthusiast Doris A.Gentles, BA, and revived and augmented for this occasion.

It is in the exhibition area upstairs at Helensburgh Library in West King Street until the end of October, and also on display are a number of relevant works of art lent by the local Anderson Trust Collection.

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HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust had a stall in the main hall of the Victoria Hall in the Helensburgh 2010 Exhibition from October 6-9.

The Trust stall featured posters about the burgh's early days, an opportunity to see this website on a laptop computer, a display of 100 of the 1,050 old photos from the Trust Photo Gallery on a digital photo frame, a televisor model, details of Trust membership, application forms and the opportunity to buy the two books published by the Trust. A director was present at the stall during the opening hours.

exhibition-3-wTHE train which arrived at Helensburgh Library in West King Street in May 2008 was a very special train which last arrived in the town round about 1890.

It is a painting by artist, writer and railway enthusiast extraordinary C.Hamilton Ellis, and it shows a train bound for Helensburgh at a point just to the west of Cardross.

maclachlan_silverwareHELENSBURGH Heritage Trust's exhibition “The Maclachlan Dynasty of Town Clerks 1846 to 1956” at Helensburgh Library in West King Street was officially opened on Saturday December 2 2006.

Trust director Sandy Kerr welcomed guests to the ceremony, especially Mrs Mary Greenwell and Mrs Fiona Forrest — great grand nieces of George Maclachlan, the longest serving town clerk — and their husbands.

exhibition-poster-1HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust organised an exhibition in May 2008 to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railway in Helensburgh. 

It was held in the library in West King Street and was open to the public free of charge.

gis_opening-4APRIL 18 2007 was the centenary of the birth of well known local artist Gregor Ian Smith, who died in 1985, and to mark the occasion Helensburgh Heritage Trust put together a display of his works, many of which had not been seen in public before.

I first met Gregor Ian when I was a child and when he and his wife Kathleen and their five children — Graham, Charles, Campbell, Kirsteen and Duncan — lived in West Argyle Street.