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100 Years of Helensburgh Guides

HELENSBURGH and District’s Girl Guides marked the organisation’s centenary on Wednesday October 20 2010.

Princess Louise opened the first local Guide unit at Rosneath, and the Helensburgh guide HQ in John Street was opened in 1925 by Lady Baden Powell.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:22 )

 

Business leader and charity founder

A HELENSBURGH man who was a captain of Scottish industry will also forever be associated with a charity which helps terminally ill cancer patients.

Douglas Hume, C.B.E., LL.D, was the last of four generations of his family to run the internationally-renowned Glasgow-based engineering firm James Howden & Co. Ltd., where he was managing director from 1964 to 1987 and chairman in 1988.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:35 )

1937 Baird TV at auction

A 1937 television set made by Helensburgh TV inventor John Logie Baird’s Baird Television Company went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in Knightsbridge, London, on September 30 2009.

It was one of 24 old TV sets in the Michael Bennett-Levy QC Early Technology Sale.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:41 )

Sailing to glory 37 years on

NOT many competitors are still active and successful in their sport 49 years after they began . . . but a Helensburgh sailing enthusiast proved in May 2009 that age is no bar to title glory.

Donald McLaren and his crew won the overall Sigma 33 United Kingdom class championship at the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series on Loch Fyne — his first major title since 1972.The road to the Tarbert triumph, with three 1sts, one 2nd and three 4ths, began when he started sailing in 1960.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 11:05 )

Second owners of the Queen's Hotel

MOST Helensburgh people know that the Baths Inn — later Queen’s Hotel — business on East Clyde Street was started and run by steamship pioneer Henry Bell and his wife.

But not many could name the next owners of the hotel, which was converted 20 years ago in the luxury Queen’s Court flats.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:41 )

Burgh's whisky tradition

HELENSBURGH and whisky go back a long way.

The news in March 2009 that a blended Scotch whisky was being specially bottled for the Helensburgh Homecoming celebrations by new town firm Clyde Whiskies reminded local historian Pat Drayton that the burgh used to have its own distillery.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:42 )

Helensburgh Sailing Club

HELENSBURGH Sailing Club was founded in 1951 by a number of local enthusiasts with the aim of encouraging small boat sailing in the waters off Helensburgh.

As a burgee they chose a white pennant with the flywheel of the pioneer paddle steamer Comet represented on it in black. The Comet sometimes sailed from Helensburgh pier where the club was initially based and the flywheel is still displayed at the East Bay.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 11:29 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

comet4A new programme of Winter Open Meetings for 2018-19 will begin at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26. Details will be published when available.