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THE Helensburgh Heritage Trust Photo Gallery has 2,179 images in 23 different albums. To find a particular picture, use the Photo Gallery search facility.

The 23 albums — one of which spotlights the Helensburgh-born inventor of television, John Logie Baird, another steamship pioneer Henry Bell, including the 2012 bicentenary celebrations, and a third Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law — are all on different themes; and the most recent uploads are shown at the foot of the home page.

More pictures will be most welcome. These can be emailed as jpegs to the editor, Donald Fullarton, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or posted to him at Amberwood, 2A Stafford Street, Helensburgh, G84 9HU. Prints will be returned after scanning if requested, but otherwise will be added to the Trust's collection of old images.

A BIOPIC on Helensburgh-born television pioneer John Logie Baird is planned by London-based Free@Last TV, which has set up a Scottish branch in Glasgow and is partnering with local talent on a slate of comedy and drama.

The projects they have in the pipeline include To See Ourselves, a drama being made in partnership with the the Baird family.

FILM STAR Deborah Kerr spent the first four years of her life with her parents in Helensburgh, but was born in Glasgow — and her birthplace has been marked with a blue plaque.

She was born Deborah Jane Trimmer in a maternity home in the west end on September 30 1921. At that time it was St James Terrace, but today it is 7 Ruskin Terrace, home of Mark and Laura Dunn.

A FOURTH carriage clock presented to Helensburgh soldiers who served in the Boer War has been found — but is in very poor condition.

Joanne Byrne, who lives in Ireland, contacted Helensburgh Heritage Trust to say that it had been left to her by a friend who liked restoring old items.

THE redevelopment of the historic Helensburgh seafront mansion Cairndhu — home for many years of the first Baron Strathclyde — is already attracting admiring glances.

The peerage became extinct when the Baron, Alexander Ure, died in the house on October 2 1928, and Cairndhu remained a private home until the Second World War when it was requisitioned by the Royal Navy for use as a degaussing base.

A 97 YEAR-OLD woman thought to have been the last surviving link with RAF Helensburgh and the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu died recently at the age of 97.

In 2020 Helensburgh Heritage Trust presented Frances McLaren, who had no surviving close relatives, with a framed certificate of appreciation of her wartime service.

THE FIRST TV star, Stooky Bill, was a ventriloquist's dummy used — then discarded — by TV inventor John Logie Baird. But what happened next?

That was the question for John Burnside FRSL FRSE (65) who was born in Dunfermline, and is one of only three poets to have won both the T.S.Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same book.

He has written 'The Ballad of Stooky Bill', which will be broadcast on Sunday at 4.30pm on Radio 4, and imagines what its future might have been.

 

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