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'Mad Jack' was soldier hero

THE VIEW down Charlotte Street in Helensburgh and across the Clyde must have been a very welcome change for a World War Two soldier hero when he returned from captivity.

The Helensburgh and Gareloch Times reported his return to the burgh in the early summer of 1945 with the headline ‘Repatriated’.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 November 2016 18:35 )

 

New era for Mackintosh gallery

A PERMANENT multi-purpose Helensburgh tribute to famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in time for the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2018 is the dream of a Kilcreggan couple.

Architect Bruce Jamieson and his wife Nicola — former manager of the tourist information office in the Clock Tower on the seafront — bought the top floor of the former Conservative Club above M & Co at 40 Sinclair Street in the summer, having previously tried to buy it four years earlier.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:58 )

Sniper killed burgh naval officer

A YOUNG Helensburgh naval officer who was a nephew of Andrew Bonar Law was shot by a sniper in a World War One trench battle.

Sub-Lieutenant John Pitcairn Robley, whose aunt Annie was the wife of the future Prime Minister, was the younger son of dairy proprietor William Pitcairn Robley and his wife Edith.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 November 2016 19:12 )

Worst and best of days in the 1930s

I WAS awake but I did not want to open my eyes. My head and throat hurt, just like yesterday.

My Dad spoke to me and I saw him and my sister by my bed. Just then Mrs Cameron, a neighbour, came into view.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 November 2016 18:31 )

Stunning year for Gordon Reid

PARALYMPIC gold has been the highlight of a quite outstanding 2016 for Helensburgh wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid.

The year began with his first Grand Slam title — victory in the men’s singles at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 October 2016 18:40 )

Burgh MAEE man escaped from sunk sub

A HELENSBURGH man who made a dramatic escape from a mini-submarine in Loch Striven serves as an example of the talent to be found in the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two.

Joiner’s son Duncan Gay was born in Helensburgh on March 15 1913, and educated at the then Hermitage School in East Argyle Street. He started his career in dental mechanics and prosthetics.

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 October 2016 16:45 )

World record set on Loch Lomond

LOCH LOMOND is world-famous for its beauty, history and romance — but it not so well known as the scene of a successful attempt on the world waterspeed record.

On July 18 1932, Kaye Don set a new record in Miss England 111, when he was timed at 119.81mph.

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 October 2016 13:06 )

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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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