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Charlotte misses Olympic place

A PSYCHOLOGY student from Rhu failed in her bid for the sole Laser Radial place in the British sailing team for the 2012 London Olympics — her second Olympic disappointment.

Charlotte Dobson enjoyed an impressive week in the first major London 2012 dress rehearsal at the Weymouth and Portsmouth National Sailing Academy — the Olympic venue — in June 2011, gaining seven top-five finishes but having to settle for fourth overall.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 June 2012 14:43 )


In Baird's Footsteps

THE snow lay deep and crisp and even in Helensburgh in February 2009 . . . but that did not prevent broadcaster John Beattie from exploring the footsteps of TV pioneer John Logie Baird.

His guide — recommended by an expert on Baird’s work, Dr Douglas Brown of Strathclyde University — was Stewart Noble (below right), chairman of Helensburgh Heritage Trust.

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

100 Years of Helensburgh Scouts

ONE of Helensburgh’s best known organisations, the Scout Movement, is now 100 years-old.

The Scout Association itself chose to celebrate its centenary in 2007, which was actually the centenary of the holding of an experimental camp on Brownsea Island, the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour, Dorset.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 December 2011 18:29 )

Chattie's sporting dynasty

A DISTINGUISHED sportswoman who died in Helensburgh in 1966 at the age of 96 was not only arguably the first female Olympic gold medallist of the modern era — she was also the founder of an incredible sporting dynasty.

Charlotte Cooper won five Wimbledon singles tennis titles, her daughter played tennis for Britain, one grandson played rugby for Scotland and another chaired the Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s championship committee, and a great grandson holds a school javelin record and played rugby league for Scotland.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 December 2016 17:41 )

Modern Shandon shipbuilding boss

A LEADING Clyde shipbuilder who lived for many years in Shandon — as did shipbuilding pioneer Robert Napier over a century earlier — died peacefully of cancer at home on October 10 2008 at the age of 85.

Sir Robert Easton, CEng, FIMechE, FIMarE, FRINA, chairman of Yarrow Shipbuilders and pioneer of naval design, lived with his wife Jean at Stuckenduff, and was best known for steering the Clyde operation through the 1970s and 1980s — its most turbulent period.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:44 )

Couple dedicated to tennis

A COUPLE who were key figures in Helensburgh Lawn Tennis Club for several decades taught hundreds of local youngsters to play tennis and played the game themselves into their eighties.

William Steuart-Corry, known to all as Will, and his wife Margaret, of 9 Kennedy Drive, were honoured by both the Lawn Tennis Association and the Scottish Sports Council (now sportscotland) for their service to the sport.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:19 )

Museum buys Baird receiver

ONE of the earliest receivers for Helensburgh inventor John Logie Baird's Television Company sold at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, on Tuesday November 18 2008 for £12,000 … four times more than its pre-sale estimate.

The rare wireless, which was able to receive some of the world's first television programmes, was bought by the National Museum of Scotland.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:42 )

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Joint Open Meeting

Fiona-Baker-cutout-wA Joint Open Meeting with the North Clyde Archaeological Society will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 21. Fiona Baker will talk about Loch Lomond's Ellan Vhow and its Castle.

Winter Talks

Wednesday January 31 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden

Wednesday February 28 — Developing the Mackintosh Club: cancelled because of snow

Wednesday March 21 — Joint Meeting with the North Clyde Archaeological Society; Fiona Baker: Loch Lomond's Ellan Vhow and its Castle

Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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