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Round the world yachtswoman

A HELENSBURGH woman sailed into the record books in May 2003 when she became the first British woman and youngest ever competitor to complete the longest race for any individual in any sport, around the world alone.

It was an achievement which was to earn Emma Richards, now Mrs Sanderson, the MBE and a revered place in the history of her sport.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:47 )

 

Olympic gold medalist afloat

HELENSBURGH’S only Olympic Games gold medal came, appropriately enough, in the sport of sailing.

It happened in September 1988 on the Suyong Bay at Pusan at the Games in Seoul, Korea, and it was an unexpected triumph for burgh man Mike McIntyre.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:43 )

Rhu man was Wolves hero

A RHU resident of 23 years was a football star in his day . . . and then became a millionaire businessman.

Malcolm Finlayson, who died on November 26 1914, is considered to be the best goalkeeper Scotland never capped in the 1950s, starring for many years for Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of 50,000 crowds and winning league championships in 1958 and 59, and the F.A. Cup in 1960.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 March 2015 17:01 )

Catriona LeMay Doan: speed skater

AFTER 23 years of competitive speed skating in which she was a world no.1, the grand-daughter of a Helensburgh chemist, Catriona LeMay Doan, retired from the sport in 2006.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:51 )

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 ( Tuesday, 16 August 2011 16:44 )

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 )

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Final 2017 Open Meeting

David-Bruce-wThe final 2017 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on November 29. David Bruce will talk about the forger and photographer Greatrex. All most 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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