Centenary medal discovered

Henry Bell & Comet
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A SOUVENIR of the Comet centenary celebrations turned up in Aberdeen in the summer of 2012, the bicentenary year.

Robert Campbell got in touch with Helensburgh Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble to say that he had a medal celebrating the Comet and Henry Bell Centenary, and he asked if there were any plans to produce a bicentenary medal.

Stewart replied: "I was completely unaware of the medal which had been produced for the centenary until I saw your photos, and I'm afraid that we have no plans for anything similar."

Argyll and Bute Council archivist Jackie Davenport has discovered that the medal originated from the centenary celebrations in Linlithgow.

The Executive Committee on Arrangements for Celebrations of Centenary of Launch of Steamer "Comet", chaired by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, was told by Linlithgow Celebrations honorary secretary J.W.Dougall that the medals were struck to commemorate Henry Bell's life work and he had the dies. However the committee decided not to take this up for Glasgow and the Clyde.


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